February 24, 1997
“Palestinians: Peace in Jeopardy”
The Associated Press
Saturday. February 22, 1997
Nations: Israel and Palestine
Region: Middle East
World Issue: War and Peace
The focus of this article is on the political aspect of this region:
1.) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his cabinet on Friday that he will goahead with construction of the 6,500-home Jewish neighborhood of Har Homa despite
fierce Palestinian opposition, the Israeli radio said.
2.) The Palestinians seek east Jerusalem, captured by Jordan in the 1967 Mideast war, as a future capital. Israel considers the entire city its capital.
Based on the following, there is reason to believe that the articles focus is negative:
1.) Palestinian officials were warned Saturday that Israeli plans to build a new Jewishneighborhood in east Jerusalem could destroy the whole Middle East peace process
2.) “Jerusalem is a fireball, and it will burn everything if the Israeli side continues with itsstubborn ways,” said Ahmed Abdel Rahman, one of Yasser Arfat’s secretaries.
3.) “Any settlement activity or expansion of what exists is considered a real blow to the peaceprocess.” Prime Minister Abdul-Karim Kabariti said in the capital , Amman.
This article written by Ibrahim Barzak for The Associated Press describes the recentevents going on in Jerusalem concerning the Israeli’s decision of the construction of the 6500-
home Jewish neighborhood of Har Homa despite Palestine’s fierce opposition. Netanyhu has also promised to build homes for Jerusalem’s Arabs residents. The Yediot Ahronot newspaper said that the Israeli government would build 1,000 apartments for residents of the Palestinian district of Umm Touba, next to Har Homa. The construction of these sites would begin at the same time but the Palestinian officials rejected these compromise offers made by Israel.
In September, 80 people died in Israeli-Palestinian clashes after Israel opened a tourist tunnel in Jerusalem along the Al Aqsa Mosque compound, Islam’s third holiest site. Arafat said that he was not able to control the anger of Palestinians or Palestinian troops who joined in the fighting. As to whatsgoing on there now, Prime Minister Abdul-Karim Kabariti said that ” Any settlement activity or expansion of what exists is considered as a real blow to the peace process.”
The clinton admistration has said construction projects in east Jerusalem are not conductive to Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking.
Israeli-Palestinian talks on the future of Jerusalem, and other unresolved issues are to begin soon and scheduled to be concluded by 1999. After one of its meetings the Palestinian Cabinet stated that Jerusalem was “a red line which should not and cannot be crossed.” It accused Israel of trying to “create new demographic realities on the ground before the final status on peace negotiations. Prime Minster Abdul-Karim Kabariti said there would be no regional settlement if the “Palestinians were not given all their legitimate rights on their national soil.”
I Chose War and Peace for this article written by Ibrahim Barzak because of the talk of fighting that might occur if the Israel’s carry out their decision on the construction of the 6500- home Jewish neighborhood. The Palestinians Officials warned the Israel’s the construction of the new Jewish neighborhood could destroy the whole Middle East peace process, but the Israel’s are not listening therefore another civil war could start between the two nations. Netanyhu said he was committed to starting the project but has avoided setting a date, apparenty for fear of igniting renewed conflict with the Palestinians.