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Syria Must Be a Top Priority

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Winning Back Israel

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Dr. Alon Ben-Meir is an expert on Middle East politics and affairs, specializing in peace negotiations between Israel and the Arab states. For the past twenty five years, Dr. Ben-Meir has been directly involved in various negotiations and has operated as a liaison between top Arab and Israeli officials. Dr. Ben-Meir serves as senior fellow at New York University's School of Global Affairs where he has been teaching courses on the Middle East and negotiations for 18 years. He is also a Senior Fellow and the Middle Eastern Studies Project Director at the World Policy Institute. Dr. Ben-Meir hosts "Global Leaders: Conversations with Alon Ben-Meir," a series of debates and conversations with top policy-makers around the world. He also regularly holds briefings at the US State Department for international visitors.

Dr. Ben-Meir writes frequently and has appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines and websites including the Middle East Times, the Christian Science Monitor, Le Monde, American Chronicle, the Week, the Political Quarterly, Israel Policy Forum, Gulf Times, the Peninsula, The Jerusalem Post, and the Huffington Post. He also makes regular television and radio appearances, and has been featured on networks such as CNN, FOX, PBS, ABC, al Jazeera (English and Arabic), and NPR.

He has authored six books related to Middle East policy and is currently working on a book about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Dr. Ben-Meir holds a masters degree in philosophy and a doctorate in international relations from Oxford University. He is fluent in English, Arabic, and Hebrew.
Why I want peace:
From the days of my early education, peace between the Arab states and Israel has been my passion. The wars, destructions and violence that have afflicted the region over such a long period of time have not altered my conviction that some day the people of the Middle East will live together in peace and harmony.

I envision a Middle East with Arabs and Jews working and living together to achieve greatness perhaps unknown in human experience. Together, they will usher in a renaissance that will spread its light from sea to sea.
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Alon Ben-Meir's Blog

Time to Rise Above the Fray

Posted on January 26, 2010 at 8:45pm 1 Comment

Upon returning from an extensive trip to Turkey these past two weeks, I found my inbox flooded with commentary about the capricious nature of the current state of Turkish-Israeli relations. Many strong supporters of the bilateral relationship from both sides have found themselves questioning the future of a strategic cooperation between the Turks and the Jews that has existed for hundreds of years. A year after Israel's offensive in Gaza drove a wedge between the two governments, emotions are… Continue


Posted on October 9, 2009 at 8:30pm 0 Comments

The ongoing deliberations among President Obama’s national security team and congressional leaders are necessary to determine the best possible means of successfully conducting the war in Afghanistan. But what must guide these discussions and take precedent for all parties involved is a thorough understanding of the objective and a clearly outlined mission. President Obama needs to define his goals candidly when it comes to counter-insurgency, counter-terrorism and nation-building, especially… Continue


Posted on September 25, 2009 at 7:57pm 0 Comments

Although the Obama administration’s efforts to resume the Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations have not, as yet, produced tangible results, the prospect for a breakthrough in negotiations may be closer today than it has been in many years. Notwithstanding the inherent skepticism about the prospect of real progress, the conversion of certain regional and international developments have altered the political dynamic and created a new set of opportunities for a negotiated settlement. The Obama… Continue

Supporting Fayyad's Vision

Posted on September 1, 2009 at 10:03pm 0 Comments

Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad's unveiling of his government program to build the apparatus of a Palestinian state within two years is an admirable, bold and welcome imitative. For sixty years the Palestinians have been accused by Israel and the international community of being weak, fragmented, and harboring extremist ideologies. The plan of the thirteenth Palestinian National Authority government not only represents a blueprint for the government to address these inherent problems,… Continue

Winning Back Israel

Posted on August 24, 2009 at 5:37pm 0 Comments

During his recent meeting with Egypt's President Mubarak, President Obama expressed cautious optimism about the progress being made in the Arab-Israeli peace process. While both presidents noted that there was "movement in the right direction," eight months of American direct engagement in the Arab-Israeli conflict has produced few tangible results. Middle East envoy George Mitchell, who has been shuttling back and forth to the region to negotiate between parties, has yet to persuade the… Continue

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At 12:26pm on October 13, 2010, اسامه محمد said…
أسرائيل تنتهى برموت كنترول .. لأنها دوله قامت بالعناد .. واعلنت حرب على كل الجوار .. وأعلت نفسها فوق القوانيين .. وانتهجت القتل والخراب .. ودامت تمارس الاحتلال .. قياده أسرائيل أعتقدت أنها روجت للديمقراطيه الصالحه وكذبوا على العالم بأنها دولتهم التاريخيه .. وجلبو أيضا العداء للدول الأوروبيه .. وأصطنعوا الأرهاب لتمرير الأفعال والمصالح الأسرائيليه .. هكذا بنوا الدوله العنقوديه . كان على أسرائيل ان تنشأ دولتها وفق قرار التقسيم وتعيش مع الجوار بسلام وأمن دائميين فرصتهم كانت أبو عمار .. فقتلو أمنهم وسلامهم بأيديهم وأيضا مارسو التمطيل . وجاء من بعده أبو مازن( الرئيس )فأغلقوا فى وجهه باب السلام . فما كان الأحسان الا أساءة وأنتهجته قياده أسرائيل على الدوام..... وهاهم يحاولو مرة أخرى قتل الأمن والسلام ... على أسرائيل أن تتفكر وتتذكر وهذا خطاب للشعب وليس للقياده أنها فى قلب المسلمين وأنها وسط العرب أجمعين . وأنها محاطه بقوىا نائمه وليست ميته والغيرة والصحوة قد تأتى فى أى وقت وفى أى حين . وعلى ذلك هل أنتم تتفكرون هل أنتم تتذكرون هل انتم تعقلون .. أنكم تهدمون ستون سنه من أمنكم وسلامكم ودولتكم فى دقيقه واحده بضغطه رموت كنترول
At 11:11am on February 13, 2010, اسامه محمد said…
We want new thinking, we want to live the life we want, we want to announce the bombing of the peace to prevail in all corners of the earth, we want to be every day we live the day of Eid, we want to free all Ktaiien nobles, we want to change the gain of our loss and I think all of us will start losing it again and win
At 11:10am on February 13, 2010, اسامه محمد said…
بدنا فكر جديد بدنا حياة بدنا نعيش بدنا نعلن تفجير السلام ليعم كل بقاع الارض بدنا يكون كل يوم نعيشه يوم عيد بدنا أحرار نبلاء كلنا خطائيين بدنا نغير خسارتنا بمكسب وأعتقد الكل خاسر فمن فينا سيبدأ من جديد ويكسب
At 11:08am on February 13, 2010, اسامه محمد said…
يا شعب أسرائيل أن صدور مذكرات أعتقال بحق قيادتكم هو أعتقال للشعب فهم من يمثلوكم امام العالم .. يا شعب أسرائيل أن فساد قيادتكم هذا ما يفسر فسادكم .. يا شعب اسرائيل أنكم فى غنى عن الحرب ومهما وسعت أرضكم سيذداد الخناق على رقابكم .. أن قيادتكم جلبت الحرب أكثر من ستون سنه ولو أنها جلبت السلام فى تلك السنين لفظلكم وأكرمكم الله على العالمين .. يا شعب اسرائيل أقتسمو الأرض بينكم وبين الفلسطينيين وعينوا الحدود مناصفه وبالتساوى وفق قرار الأمم المتحده لوثيقه الأستقلال أن فلسطين أرض عربيه وهى مشتركه بين الدوله العبريه والدوله الفلسطينيه وفقا لقرار التقسيم وتعايشو بين العرب آمنيين ... أن تهديدكم بالحروب لا يجعل منكم أقوياء . فالقوى هو من يطرح السلام العادل .... ونصيحتى الاخيرة.. آلا تتمنو لقاء العرب فى الحروب بل تمنوا لقائهم فى السلام .. فنحن الجيل الجديد أنتهجنا السلام ولا نقبل أن يكون لصناع الحروب بيننا مكان ..... صديقكم العزيز أسامه
At 11:07am on February 13, 2010, اسامه محمد said…
O people of Israel that the issuance of arrest warrants to arrest your understanding of the people of Imthelokm to the world .. O people of Israel that the corruption of your leadership, this explains your corruption .. O people of Israel that you are indispensable in the war and whatever your land and sought Sivdad grip on the throat .. That your war brought more than sixty years, though it has brought peace in the years to Fezlkm God and honored the worlds .. O people of Israel Oqtzmo ground between you and the Palestinians and appointed border equally and evenly according to a decision of the United Nations Declaration of Independence that Palestine is Arab land are common between the Jewish state and a Palestinian state in accordance with the decision of the division between Arabs and Taaicho security ... Tahediedkm that war does not make you strong. Powers is put up just peace .... My advice to the final .. A'Ala Taatmno to meet the Arabs in the war, but hoped to meet them in peace .. We pursued a new generation of peace and do not accept that the makers of the wars between us place ..... Your friend Osama Aziz
At 5:53pm on July 28, 2009, اسامه محمد said…
Alive in the womb of a dead .. so we thought that the Palestinian woman shot dead in the insides with the people close to death and reproductive Asida need to be huge and a great force and the PLO is the sole sponsor the birth, but unable to exit from the womb of the Palestinian people murdered to get out of life for their country, who slaughtered Itortoa treachery at the hands of near and far this is my philosophy and approaches will not find a doctor to save people, only doctors, Palestinian Liberation Organization
At 5:53pm on July 28, 2009, اسامه محمد said…
بعنوان احياء فى رحم ميت ..هكذا اعتقدنا ان فلسطين امرأة مقتوله تحمل فى احشائها شعب يقارب الموت وعمليه الانجاب عصيده تحتاج الى قوة هائله وعظيمه ومنظمه التحرير هى الراعيه الوحيده لعمليه الولاده بل القادرة على خروج الشعب من رحم فلسطين المقتوله ليخرجوا الى الحياة ليتورثوا بلادهم الذى ذبحت على ايدى الغدر القريبه والبعيده هذة فلسفتى وهذا نهجى ولن اجد طبيب لينقذ شعبى سوى اطباء منظمه التحرير الفلسطينيه
At 5:52pm on July 28, 2009, اسامه محمد said…
اللى شعوب العالم الى كل حر الى الرجال والنساء والاطفال اننا نموت كل يوم نشرد كل يوم نذبح كل يوم ونعتقل كل يوم تسلب منا الارض ونفقد الدماء الى متى هذا الظلم نحن شعب احب السلام وهو على ارض السلام ارض الرسالات والتى سنبعث منها جميعا نحن نطلب السلام نطلب الحريه نطلب الحياة لا نطلب الموت والارهاب لا تعتقدوا اننا ضعفاء بل الضعيف من رآنا نموت ونذبح وتسلب الارض والدماء وتركنا لوحدنا نحن مؤمنين وأمنا بأن القدس لكل الديانات واننا من نسل حنيف اسمه ابراهيم عليه السلام نحن مؤمنيين ونؤمن بكافه الشرائع نحن جميعا مثلث وهرم ديانى واحد يهودى مسيحى ومسلم ونتفق على هذا الشىء فلماذا اذا الاختلاف ان من صنع الخلاف والاختلاف لن يدوم لن ينعم ظميرة كما ينعم المظلوم بالرحمه من رب واحد كلنا اعتقدناه بأنه موجود وسنعود اليه ليحاسبنا على اعمالنا فمن فينا الظالم ومن فينا المظلوم فى النهايه السلام السلام لكل شعوب الارض ولفلسطين ملتقى الديانات اخوكم اسامه محمد محمود ابو اسحق للمراجعه موبايل رقم 0599195334 او البريد الالكترونى
At 5:52pm on July 28, 2009, اسامه محمد said…
Elly to all peoples of the world to free men, women and children die every day we stray slaughter every day every day and every day, capturing the land and rob us to lose blood when the people of this injustice, we love peace, and peace on the ground surface and the messages we're sending them all we ask ask for the peace of life we call liberty are not asking for the death and terror do not think we are weak, but weak and die Rana slaughter and rob the earth, blood and left us alone, we are believers, and that Jerusalem is safer for all religions, and we are the descendants of Ibrahim Hanif name, peace be upon him Mwmnyen and we all believe we are all divine triangle and a pyramid Diane Jewish and Christian and Muslim agree on this thing, why the difference if it is making the difference and the difference will not last will not enjoy Zemirp as a mercy from the Lord of the oppressed, and one that is all we thought and we will return to Ihespena us on our work, it is the oppressor is oppressed us in the end of peace for all peoples of the world peace and for Palestine Religions Forum Your Brother Osama Mohammed Mahmoud Abu Ishaq audit Mobile No. 0599195334 or e-mail
At 6:17pm on July 21, 2009, Hayyim Feldman said…
Sholem aleichem Alon,
I posted a response a week or so ago to your July 10 discussion, "The Settlements: Obama's Demands And Netanyahu's Options", in which I asked you a couple of questions about what you had written. Maybe you already saw my reply and decided not to address it, but I'm writing this comment to let you know it's there in case you just missed it. (I posted it a bit after the discussion had died down). You can find it here. Thanks for taking a look.


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