3 August 1997: How the west ignored warnings of an impending Middle East crisis

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TeaThat “peace process” is long dead. A war is not far away. Almost anyone in the Middle East will tell you this. Almost no one in the United States or Europe believes it. They talk of – as the secretary of state, Madeleine Albright, did on Friday – a “low point” in the peace process, as if the entire flawed Oslo Accords had not been buried before. All evidence that a bloody eruption is imminent in the Middle East, of which last week’s massacre in Jerusalem was just another sign, is deliberately ignored.

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Benjamin Netanyahu and his bickering cabinet have been discussing for several months the recapture of Palestine-held territory. In June, Netanyahu’s foreign policy adviser, Uzi Arad, was telling leaders of the powerful US-Israeli lobby group AIPAC that they should do everything possible to resist congressional calls to cut US financial aid to Israel, Because Israel was likely to take “decisive and fatal decisions” that would put Israel in a delicate security situation”. Why put in a position of “fragile” security. This extraordinary statement was ignored by the press – except for the Israeli newspaper marivi,

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