Peace at what price and at whose expense?

DAN-CHYI CHUA
Aug 21, 2010
*Special to asia!

Zippadee-doo-da, zippadee-yay, peace talks are starting on a wonderful September day! But wait, why aren't the Palestinians celebrating?

But never mind all that.

On September 1, there will be a dinner in the White House. Obama will be toasted for getting  Netanyahu and Abbas together to talk peace. A show of solidarity will be duly expressed by the presence of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak and Middle East Envoy Tony Blair .

The real work will start on the next day, when the Israeli and Palestinian delegations get down to the nitty-gritty. With their starting positions poles apart, and Abbas threatening to walk if there is no construction freeze in the settlements, any potential peace deal seems little more than a fantasy of the Obama administration's creation.

 

dan-chyi chua

Dan-Chyi Chua was a broadcast journalist, before forsaking Goggle Box Glitz for the Open Road. A three-year foray led her through the Middle East, China, SE Asia, Latin America and Cuba, and she's now grounded herself as a writer for theasiamag.com, content with spending her days in Jerusalem.

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