Saturday, December 9, 2017

MidEast Peace Facilitation Act

Title IV of Public Law 104-99 or the Middle East Peace Facilitation Act, passed by the US Congress on February 12, 1996 stipulates that: "It is the sense of Congress... the PLO... must do far...

Al-Ahram Weekly: For the First Time, Egypt Admits Sinking the Dakar

Giving Chase to an "Enemy" Sub by Galal Nassar Al-Ahram Weekly 29th October - 4th November, 1998 Heading: A high military official confirmed in the presence of President Mubarak that the Egyptian navy was responsible for the...

Palestinian Reactions to the Wye River Memorandum III

Revising the Charter and Security Issues Part II, Section C, Paragraph 2, of the Wye River Memorandum, requires the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Central Council to reaffirm the January...

Arafat Health Scare Puts Peace Process in Jeopardy

Yasser Arafat, the Palestinian leader, is suffering from Parkinson's disease, according to a report compiled by Israeli military intelligence. He is receiving treatment for symptoms of tremor and muscular rigidity but shows no sign...

Bombs in Machaneh Yehudah and American Assuarances

The car bomb that exploded in Jerusalem's bustling Machane Yehudah marketplace on Friday morning found me in the city of Hebron, now under the rule of the Palestine Authority, only an hour south of...

Can the Arabs Ever Use Their Oil Power Weapon Again?

The focus of the industrial West has, for many years, been drawn to the oil-bearing nations of the Middle East because they needed oil. As a repository of developed and yet to be developed...

Senior Palestinian Official: PNC Will Not Convene to Amend the Covenant

This is the first in a series of periodic updates on issues relating to Palestinian compliance with the October 23, 1998 Wye River Memorandum. This update focuses on the Palestinian obligation to amend the...

Update on Iraq: The US Suddenly Wakes Up?

An Israeli reader reported that at the Likud Central Committee meeting on the Wye accord, some members criticized the Gov't for relying on the US to enforce Palestinian compliance with the provisions on fighting...

Ex-Weapons Inspector Ritter: Don’t Count on Us Monitoring of Wye

Ritter is a former UN weapons inspector in Iraq. Question: I understand you have some concerns regarding the implementation of the Wye accord? Ritter: Yes, indeed. The accord is to be monitored by the CIA, but...

Brinkmanship on a Lame Duck Plantation

I spent the good part of a week covering the middle east talks at the Wye Plantation, on the Eastern shores of the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland, USA, in an area that is best...