Israel’s withdrawal from the Gaza Strip is the latest in a series of events that make a settlement between Israelis and Palestinians more possible than it's been for a long time. Most Israelis and Palestinians appear willing to make the necessary concessions. Yet there are barriers to peace that will never be overcome unless the U.S. takes a more active role and invests large amounts of money to assist both sides. How can the U.S. support a peace process based on the outline of the Geneva Accord?
Water will determine the future of the Occupied Territories, and by extension, the issue of conflict or peace in the region.” Thomas Naff made this remark several years ago, and water remains a key, if often unacknowledged, issue behind the strife in the Middle East.
Every gun that is made," said Dwight Eisenhower, "every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in a final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed. The world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists and the hopes of its children."