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ARABICA - A Daily Shot Of What the Arab World is Saying/Hearing/Sharing

ARABICA - A Daily Shot Of What the Arab World is Saying/Hearing/Sharing
Kristen Gillespie


A R A B I C A ارابيكا

LIBYA TODAY
Libyan rebels are launching an offensive in the western part of the country, as well as a push toward Muammar Gaddafi's historical stronghold of Sirte. One rebel military official predicts, "God willing, we will finish soon."

LIBYA TOMORROW
Libyan commentator Saleh al-Sanusi writes on Al Jazeera's website that carrying out the revolution is a small task compared with what lies ahead. "There is a big difference between the easy destruction of things and the difficulty of constructing them."

SYRIAN FRIDAY
The Syrian Revolution Facebook group rallied its followers to protest across the country on the last Friday of Ramadan, specifically in Aleppo's Al-Jabiri Square following evening prayers. The group is calling on citizens to hold a silent protest, "without chants' through dawn Saturday morning to commemorate the Muslim holiday of Lailat al-Qader, during which believers pray through the night.

Aleppo and Damascus are widely considered the keys to bringing down the Assad regime. Sporadic protests have broken out in both cities, and in their suburbs, but a heavy military presence may be a deterring factor in the relative calm witnessed there these past two months. The Facebook group is focusing on Aleppo, a city of merchants and trade, to put further pressure on the regime.

FOG OF REGIME, TAKE 1
As President Bashar al-Assad is facing its most serious threat after 41 years of Assad rule in Syria, with a popular uprising that appears undeterred even in the face of 2,000 civilian deaths, the leader himself this week praised the "genuine essence of Syrian citizens and the pride in their homeland."

FOG OF REGIME, TAKE 2
Meanwhile The Syrian ambassador to Lebanon stated on Friday that the situation in Syria is "good and stable." Ambassador Ali Abdulkarim Ali said Syria "is fine and on the way to implementing reforms." Following a meeting with officials in Beirut, he added that "the unrest is now behind us…Syria is reinforced by its national unity and the awareness of its people who reject any conspiracy that can lead to unrest."

August 26, 2011

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Utter Pessimism, What Israelis And Palestinians Share In Common

Right now, according to a joint survey of Israelis and Palestinians, hopes for a peaceful solution of coexistence simply don't exist. The recent spate of violence is confirmation of the deepest kind of pessimism on both sides for any solution other than domination of the other.

An old Palestinian protester waves Palestinian flag while he confronts the Israeli soldiers during the demonstration against Israeli settlements in the village of Beit Dajan near the West Bank city of Nablus.

A Palestinian protester confronts Israeli soldiers during the demonstration against Israeli settlements in the West Bank village of Beit Dajan on Jan. 6.

Pierre Haski

-Analysis-

PARIS — Just before the latest outbreak of violence between Israelis and Palestinians, a survey of public opinion among the two peoples provided a key to understanding the current situation unfolding before our eyes.

It was a joint study, entitled "Palestinian-Israeli Pulse", carried out by two research centers, one Israeli, the other Palestinian, which for years have been regularly asking the same questions to both sides.

The result is disastrous: not only is the support for the two-state solution — Israel and Palestine side by side — at its lowest point in two decades, but there is now a significant share of opinion on both sides that favors a "non-democratic" solution, i.e., a single state controlled by either the Israelis or Palestinians.

This captures the absolute sense of pessimism commonly felt regarding the chances of the two-state option ever being realized, which currently appears to be our grim reality today. But the results are also an expression of the growing acceptance on both sides that it is inconceivable for either state to live without dominating the other — and therefore impossible to live in peace.

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