Middle East peace settlement conference to be held in Malta

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    The resolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict will be the focus of discussions at a Valdai Club conference to be held next month in Malta. The two-day event will bring together politicians and analysts from various countries including Valdai discussion club members.

    The forum, entitled “Scenarios and Models for a Middle East Peace Settlement,” will be the second Valdai conference devoted to the Arab-Israeli conflict, with a focus on ways to alleviate tensions in the region, challenges to the peace process, and possible diplomatic solutions. The organizers include Russia’s RIA Novosti news agency, the Russian National Academy of Sciences’ Institute for Eastern Studies, and the Council for Foreign and Defense Policies.

    The first such conference, held in December 2009 in Jordan, considered the prospects of building a regional security system. According to participants, that forum marked “Russia’s return to the Middle East, highlighting the country’s contribution to sustaining peace negotiations” in this troubled region. It also reaffirmed the critical importance of an Arab-Israeli peace settlement to peace and stability in the broader Middle East.

    The aim of the upcoming conference is to find new solutions to the Arab-Israeli conflict while elaborating on existing proposals.
    Guests will include over fifty leading Middle East experts from Egypt, France, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Oman, the Palestinian Authority, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Also invited are Jorge Sampaio, high representative for the UN Alliance of Civilizations; Ahmed Qurei, former prime minister of the Palestinian National Authority; Gershon Baskin, co-director of the Israel-Palestine Center for Research and Information; and Harold Saunders, a former U.S. undersecretary of state who now heads the Kettering Foundation’s International Institute for Sustained Dialogue.

    Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Saltanov and ex-Prime minister Yevgeny Primakov are expected to deliver keynote speeches. Other speakers include Vitaly Naumkin, President of the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute for Eastern Studies, and Mikhail Margelov, who heads the Foreign Affairs Committee in the Federation Council, Russia’s upper house of parliament.

    The conference will be held on December 9 and 10, 2010.

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    While "the prospects of building a regional security system" discussed at the first conference in Jordan in 2009 might seem hopelessly remote today, it's probably worth remembering the influence of Canaanism during the 1940s among Jews of Palestine:

    "The movement never had more than around two dozen registered members, but most of these were influential intellectuals and artists, giving the movement an influence far beyond its size.[3]

    "The Canaanites believed that much of the Middle East had been a Hebrew-speaking civilization in antiquity.[4]

    "They hoped to revive this civilization, creating a 'Hebrew' nation, disconnected from the Jewish past, which would embrace the Middle East's Arab population as well.[4]

    "They saw both 'world Jewry and world Islam' as backward and medieval; Kuzar writes that the movement 'exhibited an interesting blend of militarism and power politics toward the Arabs as an organized community on the one hand and a welcoming acceptance of them as individuals to be redeemed from medieval darkness on the other.'"

    Medieval darkness seems to be enveloping the entire globe at the present time. Hopefully any awakening of spiritual or political thought will begin soon.

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    All of those middle eastern folks would come together as friends if they would just have a big southern style pig picking with lots of Jack Daniels and cold beer. Nothing promotes peace like a big chunk of pork and a cold beer.
     
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    Er, the Canaanites became extinct thousands of years ago.
    D'oh
     
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    Still clinging ferociously to "ignorance?"

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    The Canaanites became extinct thousands of years, ago.

    In a thousand years from now, you still will have no reputational points. :lol:
     
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    And in those next thousand years I will STILL not care.

    btw, Uri Avnery ain't extinct...

    "Born in Beckum, Germany as Helmut Ostermann, Avnery and his family emigrated to Palestine in 1933, fleeing the Nazi regime.

    "He attended school in Nahalal and then in Tel Aviv, leaving after 7th grade, at age 14, in order to help his parents.

    "He started work as a clerk for a lawyer, a job he held for five years or so.

    "He joined the Irgun, a Revisionist Zionist paramilitary group, in 1938 and wrote for some of their internal publications. At one point he edited the internal Revisionist journal Ba-Ma'avak ('in the Struggle').

    "He started writing for independent publications at the age of 17.

    "He left the Irgun in 1942 after becoming disenchanted with their tactics, stating in a 2003 interview that, 'I didn't like the methods of terror applied by the Irgun at the time', noting he did not back killing people in retaliation for similar acts by the Arabs.

    "In 1947 Avnery started his own small group, Eretz Yisrael Hatze'ira ('Young Land of Israel'), which published the journal Ma'avak ('Struggle').

    "Avnery's early political thought was influenced by Canaanism; in 1947 he proposed a union of the countries in the 'Semitic region': Palestine, Transjordan, Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq.

    Do you think there would have been more violence or less in the Middle East over the last 60 years if Avnery's "Semitic Region" had become as real as Area C?
     
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    Canaanites became extinct thousands of years ago.:lol:

    Open a history book, dummy. :lol:
     
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    And would that "Middle East's Arab population" have been "disconnected from the arab past"? Good for disneyland, the ivory tower inhabs, the general silly, and dumbass judeophobes, infesting the web, - never for real life.
     
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