The current situation for Israelis and Palestinians is miserable and stalemated, says Harry Hagopian. But in analysing the role, outlook and prospects for each of the protagonists in the region, he argues that a break with the politics of despair is essential.
Palestine has been wiped off the map, its land colonized, and its people ethnically cleansed, says Ben White. Expecting those on the receiving end to be satisfied with the crumbs from the table is both unjust – and wishful thinking.
As European ministers meet in Brussels on proposals to upgrade political and trade links with Israel, British foreign secretary David Miliband faces pressure to call for the suspension of an agreement which gives Israel preferential trade deals
Change is in the air as churches in many parts of the world hold a "World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel" that began on 4 June 2009, say organisers and participants. New voices are advocating steps toward peace.