14 October 2020   Zionist War on Palestinian Festival in Rome is Ominous Sign of Things to Come - By: Ramzy Baroud and Romana Rubeo

7 October 2020   The Wreckage Of Trump’s Presidency - By: Alon Ben-Meir

25 September 2020   Trump Is Pushing The Country To The Brink Of Civil War - By: Alon Ben-Meir

24 September 2020   Kosovo—Toward True Independence - By: Alon Ben-Meir

5 أيلول 2015   "من الأزل".. آخر كتب الراحل جونتر جراس - بقلم: المركز الألماني للإعلام (ألمانيا إنفو/ almania info)

31 October 2013

More aware about reality

By: George S. Hishmeh
print     send by email

More tables are nowadays turning around against Israel in the West, and more are expected to replicate this step if the Arab world learns how to tell its side of the story better, not just to official counterparts but to all Westerners.
The continued turmoil and spilling of blood in the Arab world has apparently convinced the Obama administration to “step back and reassess, in a very critical and kind of no-holds-barred way” how the US looks at the Middle East.
This was spelled out by Susan Rice, President Barack Obama’s new national security adviser, in a front-page interview with The New York Times last Sunday.
She met with six top White House aides in July and August “to plot America’s future in the Middle East”, the paper explained. Obama was described as eager to turn his gaze elsewhere, notably towards Asia.
The president’s goal, Rice told the paper, was “to avoid having events in the Middle East swallow his foreign policy agenda, as it had those of presidents before him”.
The answer, the paper added, “was a more modest approach — one that prizes diplomacy, puts limits on engagement and raises doubts about whether Mr Obama would ever again use military force in a region convulsed by conflict”.
In contrast, speaking a couple of days after the interview was published at an annual conference of the National Council on US-Arab Relations, Chas W. Freeman, a former US ambassador to Saudi Arabia, advised that “if we are not responsive to the interests of our partners (in the Arab world) … they will neither respect our interests nor avoid contradicting them. We need to listen more and prescribe less”. (Saudi Arabia has just turned down a US-sponsored UN invitation to join the UN Security Council in protest over the US stance over Syria and Mideast policy in general).
Freeman argued that the US “must acknowledge the reality that we no longer have or can expect to have the clout we once did in the region [since] American primacy has been slain by the new assertiveness of the region’s inhabitants…. We need to listen to our partners in the region and pay due regard to their interests. We cannot, for example, deal with Iran as though Israel is the only regional party at interest and the only one whose opinions we heed”.
Hopefully Obama will not renege on his commitment at the recent UN General Assembly session that the US’ focus henceforth will be on finding a settlement to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and limiting Iran’s nuclear ambitions.
This is a much-needed step that ought to be followed by some American arm twisting to compel Israel to abandon its nuclear and chemical weapons arsenal.
The Arab position witnessed a significant success within the US this week, attesting to the perseverance of Arab supporters, with the decision of the Massachusetts Bay Authority to restore dozens of ads critical of Israel within the transit system in the Boston area. The ads were originally placed on October 21, but were removed several days later, following complaints by pro-Israel supporters.
The ads comprise four maps that dramatically show the “Palestinian loss of land — 1946-2010”. The message therein reads: “4.7 million Palestinians are classified by the UN as refugees.”
Now the Boston transit system plans to post 80 of these ads, which also appeared in Washington and New York without any negative reaction.
At the same time, a former British foreign secretary was quoted by a Knesset member as saying that “unlimited” funds available to American Jewish organisations and AIPAC, the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee, are used to control American policy in the Middle East.
He was speaking, according to Knesset member Einat Wilf, during the recent Round Table Global Diplomatic Forum in the British House of Commons. He also maintained that Germany’s continued “obsession” with defending Israel is another problem that hampers Western dealings with the Arab world.
Arab-American organisations are not yet a match for the Zionist activists in the US, mainly because they lack the funding available to their counterparts. More bewildering is the absence of Arab governments, all 22 of them, in standing up to the confrontation.
Jack Shaheen, media critic and an internationally acclaimed author of “Reel Bad Arabs, How Hollywood Vilifies a People”, says Arab governments “should recognise the importance of American media in influencing opinion and public policies”.
He added: “Unless Arab governments take intelligent, rational and systematic steps to counter the vilification of Arabs and Muslims, US policies in the region will continue to be one sided.”
His blunt suggestion: “Stop buying arms and begin purchasing ideas that help bring about peace.”
Warren David, president of the Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), a popular and influential Arab-American organisation, warns that “unless the Arab governments put their differences aside and work together for a common goal, the hope for significant progress to advance Arab issues in America is virtually impossible”.
The ADC was founded by James Abourezk, a former Democratic representative and senator.
Shibley Telhami, the Anwar Sadat professor of peace and development at the University of Maryland and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Saban Centre for Middle East Policy, reports, surprisingly, that “roughly two-thirds of the American people have consistently said over the past decade that they want their government to be even handed, not take sides. The problem for American policy on (the Arab-Israeli conflict) is not public opinion as such, but hard politics”.
He adds: “My research into American public opinion towards the Arab World shows that the early Tahrir Square picture in Egypt [during the uprising against the Mubarak regime] actually improved the image of Arabs in the United States.”
In other words, he continued, “whatever Arabs do for their image in America, they should not mirror the effort of the Bush administration after the 9/11 tragedy when the administration brought an advertising executive to lead an effort to tell Arabs ‘how good America is’. Most Arabs were bound to evaluate America on what it does not on positive advertisements.”

* An Arab American columnist based in Washington. - Hishmehg@aol.com

Security Code

26 تشرين أول 2020   الهجمة على القدس تشتد..! - بقلم: راسم عبيدات

26 تشرين أول 2020   ليس هكذا يتم الدفاع عن الإسلام وحمايته - بقلم: د. إبراهيم أبراش

26 تشرين أول 2020   اين الشراكة ووحدة الهدف؟ - بقلم: مصطفى إبراهيم

26 تشرين أول 2020   المناورات السياسية للسلطة الفلسطينية..! - بقلم: عبد الرحمن صالحة

25 تشرين أول 2020   هل يوقف السودان الزحف التطبيعي العربي؟ - بقلم: راسم عبيدات

25 تشرين أول 2020   في تعديل الدستور الأمريكي والمستقبل السياسي..! - بقلم: د.ناجي صادق شراب

25 تشرين أول 2020   الأهداف الاسرائيلية من التطبيع مع العالم العربي..! - بقلم: شاكر فريد حسن

25 تشرين أول 2020   الرملة اول عاصمة لفلسطين - بقلم: نبيل عودة

24 تشرين أول 2020   لن ألومَ المطبعين..! - بقلم: د. عبد الرحيم جاموس

24 تشرين أول 2020   من قتل مدرّس التاريخ؟ - بقلم: فراس حج محمد

24 تشرين أول 2020   العنصرية ونظرية طهارة العرق الصهيونية..! - بقلم: سليمان ابو ارشيد

24 تشرين أول 2020   لا وقت للانتظار..! - بقلم: مصطفى إبراهيم

19 تشرين أول 2020   هكذا حوّل نتنياهو الشرطة الإسرائيلية إلى أداة سياسية لقمع المتظاهرين ضده..! - بقلم: المركز الفلسطيني للدراسات الإسرائيلية - مدار

5 تشرين أول 2020   "وباء كورونا" ذريعة صحية لمآرب سياسية وشخصية وسط مسّ صارخ بحقوق وحريات أساسية..! - بقلم: المركز الفلسطيني للدراسات الإسرائيلية - مدار

5 تشرين أول 2020   الاقتصاد الإسرائيلي لن يبدأ بالتعافي قبل نهاية 2021..! - بقلم: المركز الفلسطيني للدراسات الإسرائيلية - مدار

5 تشرين أول 2020   تظاهرات الاحتجاج ضد نتنياهو هل تؤتي أكلها؟ - بقلم: المركز الفلسطيني للدراسات الإسرائيلية - مدار

28 أيلول 2020   جراء تفاقم الأزمة الإقتصادية.. هل بات نتنياهو أمام أصعب لحظات مشواره السياسي؟ - بقلم: المركز الفلسطيني للدراسات الإسرائيلية - مدار

27 اّذار 2011   عداد الدفع المسبق خال من المشاعر الإنسانية..!! - بقلم: محمد أبو علان

13 شباط 2011   سقط مبارك فعادت لنا الحياة - بقلم: خالد الشرقاوي

4 شباط 2011   لا مستحيل..!! - بقلم: جودت راشد الشويكي

25 تشرين أول 2020   في ذكرى مولد الهدى..! - بقلم: شاكر فريد حسن

24 تشرين أول 2020   هل تفقد اللغة العربية مكانتها في اسرائيل؟ - بقلم: نبيل عودة

23 تشرين أول 2020   شاكر فريد حسن عنوان المنارة وشعلة الثقافة والإبداع - بقلم: مليح نصرة الكوكاني

8 كانون ثاني 2011   "صحافة المواطن" نافذة للأشخاص ذوي الاعاقة - بقلم: صدقي موسى

10 تشرين ثاني 2010   رساله .. - بقلم: جودت راشد الشويكي

3 تشرين ثاني 2010   شخبطة صحفية - بقلم: حسناء الرنتيسي

27 تشرين أول 2010   المدلل .. - بقلم: جودت راشد الشويكي

21 تشرين أول 2010   فضفضة مواطنية - بقلم: حسناء الرنتيسي

4 اّذار 2012   الطقش

26 كانون ثاني 2012   امرأة في الجفتلك


English | الصفحة الرئيسية | كاريكاتير | صحف ومجلات | أخبار وتقارير | اّراء حرة | الإرشيف | صوتيات | صحفيون وكتاب | راسلنا

جميع الحقوق محفوظة © لشبكة  أمين الأعلامية 2020- 1996 
تصميم وتطوير شبكة أمين الأعلامية