|CRISIS IN THE MIDDLE EAST
April 4, 1997
in this forum:
Can Arabs and Israelis share Jerusalem? What can President Clinton do? What effect has Hamas had on the peace process? Can Israeli policy be compared to Hitler's? What role does AIPAC play in U.S. support for Israel? Can the United Nations contribute to acheiving peace and security?
March 24, 1997:
Margaret Warner talks withShlomo Gur of the Israeli Embassy and Khalil Foutah of the PLO.
March 4, 1997:
Charles Krause talks with Hanan Ashrawi, a senior Arafat advisor.
February 13, 1997:
Charles Krause discusses Clinton and Netanyahu's meeting with Dore Gold, foreign policy aide to Netanyahu.
January 15, 1997:
Jim Lehrer leads a discussion of the Hebron deal.
December 18, 1996:
Henry Kissinger and Zbigniew Brzezinski debate a critical letter sent by eight former U.S. foreign policy chiefs to Israel. -
October 15, 1996:
Warren Christopher talks about the peace process.
October 2, 1996:
A NewsHour interview with U.S. Ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk.
October 1, 1996:
A NewHour look at the emergency White House Peace Summit between Netanyahu and Arafat.
May 31, 1996:
Israeli Election Forum : The NewsHour's Charles Krause answered questions on Netanyahu's victory.
May 23, 1996:
Seeing the Future : a look at the Israeli elections.
Browse the NewsHour's coverage of the Middle-East.
Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Palestine's Home Page
The Jerusalem Post
Leon Smith of Lincoln, Vermont asks:
Middle East Peace
I have heard people compare Israel's development in East Jerusalem to Hitler's quest for "Living Room." What do you have to say about this?
Amos Perlmutter responds:
I doubt if the question deserves an answer. How do you compare Israel's building a housing project on land which is Israeli with Hitler's lebensraum. Briefly, Mr. Smith, Hitler's living space policy meant the destruction and racial annihilation of Russians, Jews, Poles, etc. And to remind you that in 1947-48, when the United Nations partition gave the Palestinians an opportunity to establish a state of their own, they and their Arab allies rejected the partition of Palestine and called for the annihilation of the Jewish people, and to quote an Arab leader, "push them to the sea." It is the Arabs and Palestinians of 1948 who were seeking a lebensraum.
Muhammad Hallaj responds:
There are similarites between Israeli policies (not only settlements in Jerusalem) and Hitler's "lebensraum" policy in Eastern Europe. For example, Israel has always refused, and still refuses, to allow the repatriation of Palestinian refugees in order to leave room for future Jewish immigrants.Through its policy of Jewish settlements in the West Bank over the past thirty years, Israel has been creating a Jewish Sudetenland beyond its borders, over which it is now in the process of claiming and extending Israeli sovereignty.