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3. Here is a real example of efforts that were quashed:
Drafted by Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed, Department of International Relations, University of Sussex

For immediate release 28.7.06


Israeli and Palestinian Sources Concur: Israel Made War Inevitable

The Omega Institute (OI), which works closely with the Institute for Policy Research for Development (IPRD), has learned from Israeli and Palestinian sources that just prior to the current crisis, senior Hamas leaders were in active dialogue with Israeli religious leaders in a round of bilateral peace negotiations. Israeli negotiators included Rabbi Menachem Froman, former deputy leader and co-founder of the Israeli Settler movement Gush Khatif; Rabbi David Bigman, head of the liberal religious Kibbutz movement Yeshiva at Maale Gilboa; and Yitzhak Frankenthal, founder of the Arik Institute. Ongoing negotiations had resulted in a breakthrough peace understanding, which was to be announced at a press conference in Jerusalem to mark the launching of an extraordinary peace initiative. Israeli Prime Minister Olmert had been briefed extensively about the initiative by Frankenthal. Also due to attend the conference were Khaled Abu Arafa, the Palestinian Cabinet Minister for Jerusalem, Sheikh Muhamed Abu Tir, senior Hamas Member of the Palestinian Parliament, and other senior Palestinian delegates.

The meeting was to announce a joint Israeli-Palestinian call for the release of Corporal Gilad Shalit who had been abducted by Hamas in Gaza, along with proposals for the beginning of the release of all Palestinian prisoners. These measures were to precipitate unprecedented new peace negotiations on a framework peace agreement, drawn on the 1967 borders. The presence of Palestinian Cabinet Officers and senior Israeli religious leaders in contact with the Prime Minster was to underline the seriousness of this peace proposal on both sides.

Just hours before the meeting was due to start, the Israeli Shin Bet internal Security Service arrested Abu Tir and Abu Arafa and warned them not to attend the meeting, under threats of detention. The meeting, which offered a major opportunity to obtain Shalits release and launch a new framework for peace, was thrown into disarray. The next day, the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) invaded Gaza, and the day after both Abu Tir and Abu Arafa were abducted by Israeli forces, along with a third of the Palestinian Cabinet, provoking a predictable escalation of violence.

Israel simultaneously began conducting covert incursions on to Lebanese territory, provoking Hizbollahs capture of two IDF soldiers. Credible sources confirm that the soldiers were not abducted on Israeli territory, but inside Lebanon. Like the scuppered peace negotiations, Western officials have ignored this, and misinformed the media. However, some reports corroborate the sources. Israeli officials, for instance, informed Forbes (12.7.06) that Hezbollah captured two Israeli soldiers during clashes Wednesday across the border in southern Lebanon, prompting a swift reaction from Israel.

The revelations show that Palestinian and Lebanese actors were not principally responsible for the escalation of the current conflict, said OI Director Graham Ennis. Contrary to the misinformation disseminated by the Whitehouse and Whitehall, Israel vetoed unprecedented peace proposals that would have initiated a promising new framework for serious negotiations, and went on to provoke Palestinian and Lebanese groups into retaliations, that now threaten to escalate into a dangerous regional conflict.

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  -Israel critics: How would you have handled things differently? Bucky  Jul-30-06 03:55 PM   #0 
  - I Don't Know...  The Deacon   Jul-30-06 03:59 PM   #1 
  - Yep  soothsayer   Jul-30-06 04:11 PM   #5 
  - If that happened  Truthiness Inspector   Jul-30-06 05:12 PM   #11 
     - Why not just release the thousands held without charges then?  Euphen   Jul-30-06 09:39 PM   #39 
  - Great Post! I think all of us can learn something from this!  mediaman007   Jul-30-06 04:04 PM   #2 
  - Here is a real example of efforts that were quashed:  mom cat   Jul-30-06 04:07 PM   #3 
  - Should be interesting thread  Poppyseedman   Jul-30-06 04:09 PM   #4 
  - They NEVER acknowledge that.  in_cog_ni_to   Jul-30-06 05:09 PM   #10 
  - Are we allowed to like NEITHER side?  Lydia Leftcoast   Jul-30-06 09:47 PM   #41 
  - Jumping to conclusions that those against this war want Israel wiped off  Bretttido   Jul-30-06 05:13 PM   #12 
     - I missed your input regarding suggestions  cryingshame   Jul-30-06 05:20 PM   #14 
        - Let's see, that's because I was responding to your ridiculous accusation  Bretttido   Jul-30-06 05:31 PM   #20 
  - Gee, perhaps do what Israel has done up until this point perhaps,  MadHound   Jul-30-06 04:17 PM   #6 
  - It's not just the prisoners though  Yupster   Jul-30-06 06:34 PM   #22 
     - Very Powell Doctrine. BTW, those IDF troops were captured in Lebanon.  Bucky   Jul-30-06 06:56 PM   #28 
  - Aggression only begets aggression  JHH   Jul-30-06 04:17 PM   #7 
  - There is no doubt that Israel was acting out a preplanned  sfexpat2000   Jul-30-06 04:24 PM   #8 
  - Just to play devil's advocate...  Fountain79   Jul-30-06 06:44 PM   #27 
  - Marshall plan them  northzax   Jul-30-06 05:01 PM   #9 
  - That's a good idea for long term policy. But what about the crisis?  Bucky   Jul-30-06 06:59 PM   #29 
     - in all honesty  northzax   Jul-30-06 09:16 PM   #38 
  - Israel should have dealt with Hamas like the people in charge of the  dorktv   Jul-30-06 05:14 PM   #13 
  - Didn't Israel wait a while  Yupster   Jul-30-06 06:37 PM   #23 
     - Well they stopped giving the Palestinian government their tax money.  dorktv   Jul-30-06 07:28 PM   #35 
  - Well I wouldn't have bombed the power plant in gaza  DireStrike   Jul-30-06 05:21 PM   #15 
  - Can't stop with the Nazi comparisons can we?  PCIntern   Jul-30-06 05:29 PM   #16 
  - Israel and Lebanon  enid602   Jul-30-06 05:30 PM   #17 
  - But what if we did seek the cooperation  Yupster   Jul-30-06 06:41 PM   #25 
     - Israel  enid602   Jul-30-06 07:07 PM   #32 
  - Well...  kentuck   Jul-30-06 05:30 PM   #18 
  - UN Resolution 242 n/t  malaise   Jul-30-06 05:31 PM   #19 
  - ABSOLUTELY! BOTH sides should implement UN Res 242.  in_cog_ni_to   Jul-30-06 07:02 PM   #31 
  - From the Tanakh:  mycritters2   Jul-30-06 05:36 PM   #21 
  - In the short term,  Donald Ian Rankin   Jul-30-06 06:41 PM   #24 
  - I don't think their enemies would be impressed  Yupster   Jul-30-06 06:42 PM   #26 
  - Please remember that the current Palestinian problem started with  leesa   Jul-30-06 07:00 PM   #30 
  - they could have started with one moment of clear reflection on what to do  Douglas Carpenter   Jul-30-06 07:17 PM   #33 
  - No matter what, innocent people will die. There is no solution.  blurp   Jul-30-06 07:18 PM   #34 
  - There is an offer for peace between Arab countries and Israel:  Douglas Carpenter   Jul-30-06 07:41 PM   #36 
  - "a history of SAYING you shouldn't exist?" WTF does that justify?  smacky44   Jul-30-06 07:55 PM   #37 
  - For starters, if I were Israel's chief honcho,  Seabiscuit   Jul-30-06 09:42 PM   #40 

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