As events in the Middle East unfold, it is hard to gain perspective on the larger picture of what is developing. After forty years of Israel and twenty five consecutive years of full time media work with the major media, the time has come to provide that perspective.

When you hear a standard report on what is going on in Israel you often hear the following assessment: “Israel is in the midst of a peace process. All is quiet on the northern and southern fronts of Israel, after two short wars, in the North in the summer of 2006 and in the South in the winter of December 2008- January 2009. Meanwhile, the Palestinian economy is booming. An Arab Spring is in the offing. Peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan have lasted for three decades and two decades respectively.”

A dose of reality produces different results. The Arab League remains in a full state of war to obliterate Israel since 1948. The Palestinian Liberation Organization, fostered in 1964 by the Arab League to mobilize the Palestinian Arab population against Israel, never ratified the Oslo accords, even if Arafat signed those accords. That means that PLO and its progeny, maintain that state of war to liberate all of Palestine, in stages, in accordance with the PLO Covenant. All you have to do is to witness the PA war preparations is to review the Palestinian Authority curriculum, established in 2000, which does not mince words in the inculcation of the destruction of Israel as the central theme of Palestinian Authority education. And despite Israel’s peace treaties with Jordan and Egypt, both regimes have facilitated official school curricula which promote war with Israel.

The Israeli Arab population, emulating their Palestinian brethren, is in throes of a quiet insurrection against Israel, following the 2007 Haifa declaration, when the leadership of the mainstream Israeli Arab organizations called for Palestinian Arabs to reclaim their lands lost in 1948, and for a Palestinian Arab state to replace the state of Israel.

However, the PLO has softened Israeli passions.

PLO operatives have bought their way into the Israeli economy, resulting in $25 billion shekels of Israeli investment in the Palestinian Authority, giving Israelis the illusion that a prosperous Palestinian Authority economy will buy peace.

What most Israelis do not know is that half of the Palestinian population lingers in the squalor of UNRWA camps, under the specious premise of their right to reclaim Arab villages from 1948 that no longer exist. As the PA relegate the grandchildren of Palestinian refugees to the confines of refugee camp life, the Palestinian Authority does not allow UNRWA camps to benefit from any Palestinian economic boom

It is not only terrorist groups who plan to ‘rush the fences’ of Israel to take back lands from 1948.

The UNRWA “popular committees” coordinate the efforts to “rush the fences”, to reclaim these villages, even if they no longer exist.

And despite the illusion that the Fatah dominated Palestinian Authority has been in conflict with the Hamas, the Fatah and Hamas have been working together since 1995, coordinating armed forces agreements, combining a school curriculum and sharing an Islamic constitution, while the PA armed forces are now being trained by the US, Canada and the EU.

Hamas in Gaza has never ceased its assaults on southern Israel, launching 800 aerial attacks since the cease fire in January 2009, while readying an arsenal of more than 10,000 missiles, stored in schools and mosques throughout the Gaza Strip.

Hizbullah has acquired more than 15,000 missiles that threaten northern Israel, UN guarantees not withstanding.

At the same time, the Islamic Brotherhood, the entity that allied itself with the Nazi movement a generation ago, is set to take over Egypt, promising to renege on any peace accord with Israel.

Yet with all of this sobering reality, the Arab League may focus its attention elsewhere.

Libya is mobilizing towards a counterattack against the West, after massive NATO bombing.

Libya possesses vast WMD capability that it acquired from German firms more than 20 years ago.

If Muammar Muhammad al-Gaddafi survives, Libya will undoubtedly galvanize a radicalized Islamic Arab League into a war with the west, and a multiple front war against Israel will be sidelined.

I am at a loss to predict anything further. I am not in the prophecy business. Suffice it to say that most Middle East journalism which has followed since the inception of the Oslo Process has been characterized by wishful thinking rather than hands on reporting.


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David Bedein
David Bedein is an MSW community organizer and an investigative journalist.   In 1987, Bedein established the Israel Resource News Agency at Beit Agron to accompany foreign journalists in their coverage of Israel, to balance the media lobbies established by the PLO and their allies.   Mr. Bedein has reported for news outlets such as CNN Radio, Makor Rishon, Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times, BBC and The Jerusalem Post, For four years, Mr. Bedein acted as the Middle East correspondent for The Philadelphia Bulletin, writing 1,062 articles until the newspaper ceased operation in 2010. Bedein has covered breaking Middle East negotiations in Oslo, Ottawa, Shepherdstown, The Wye Plantation, Annapolis, Geneva, Nicosia, Washington, D.C., London, Bonn, and Vienna. Bedein has overseen investigative studies of the Palestinian Authority, the Expulsion Process from Gush Katif and Samaria, The Peres Center for Peace, Peace Now, The International Center for Economic Cooperation of Yossi Beilin, the ISM, Adalah, and the New Israel Fund.   Since 2005, Bedein has also served as Director of the Center for Near East Policy Research.   A focus of the center's investigations is The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). In that context, Bedein authored Roadblock to Peace: How the UN Perpetuates the Arab-Israeli Conflict - UNRWA Policies Reconsidered, which caps Bedein's 28 years of investigations of UNRWA. The Center for Near East Policy Research has been instrumental in reaching elected officials, decision makers and journalists, commissioning studies, reports, news stories and films. In 2009, the center began decided to produce short movies, in addition to monographs, to film every aspect of UNRWA education in a clear and cogent fashion.   The center has so far produced seven short documentary pieces n UNRWA which have received international acclaim and recognition, showing how which UNRWA promotes anti-Semitism and incitement to violence in their education'   In sum, Bedein has pioneered The UNRWA Reform Initiative, a strategy which calls for donor nations to insist on reasonable reforms of UNRWA. Bedein and his team of experts provide timely briefings to members to legislative bodies world wide, bringing the results of his investigations to donor nations, while demanding reforms based on transparency, refugee resettlement and the demand that terrorists be removed from the UNRWA schools and UNRWA payroll.   Bedein's work can be found at: and A new site,, will be launched very soon.