Special Meditation Focus
THE ISRAELI/PALESTINIAN SUMMIT IN CAMP DAVID, USA
(Web posted on July 11, for the duration of the summit)
What follows is a special Meditation Focus suggested by the Global Meditation Focus Group beginning Tuesday, July 11, and ongoing for the duration of this summit.
THE ISRAELI/PALESTINIAN SUMMIT IN CAMP DAVID, USA
2. Meditation Times
3. More on this special summit
There is a historic opportunity now for the people of Israel and Palestine to make peace and create a lasting resolution to the conflict that has plagued the Middle East for decades. Both leaders, Ehud Barak and Yasser Arafat, meeting in Camp David, USA, through the mediation of President Clinton, are under considerable pressure to make a deal that does not compromise the respective long term interests of the people they represent. Billed as a "High-Risk Bid for Middle East Peace" this effort may be the last chance for a long time to settle this simmering conflict with potentially far-reaching repercussions throughout the region and the world.
Please hold in your heart and mind a vision, as guided by Spirit during your meditations, of what needs to occur for a successful conclusion of these negotiations. May peace prevail in Israel and Palestine, for the highest good of all.
2. MEDITATION TIMES
Daily, at the top of any hour, or whenever it better suits you, until the summit ends.
3. MORE ON THIS PEACE SUMMIT
Tuesday July 11
Clinton Launches High-Risk Bid for Middle East Peace
FREDERICK, Md. (Reuters) - President Clinton on Tuesday launches a high-risk bid to end the Middle East conflict, hoping the seclusion of his mountain retreat and power of his persuasion will extract a final compromise from Israeli and Palestinian leaders.
Prime Minister Ehud Barak was due to fly into the United States in the early hours, his political neck bruised but intact after an attempt by the Israeli parliament to unseat him for fear he might give too much away.
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat arrived in Washington late on Monday. His white private jet was met by John Herbst, U.S. Consul General for Jerusalem. He then was taken by helicopter to the presidential retreat. Arafat failed to agree to a summit during a 35-hour visit by Secretary of State Madeleine Albright at the end of June but accepted when Clinton called the open-ended Camp David summit last week.
At the 143-acre compound in the Catoctin Mountains of northern Maryland, the three men will try to thrash out a deal on issues which have fueled the conflict for decades -- Jerusalem, borders, Palestinian refugees and settlers in areas Israel captured in a 1967 war.
The upcoming summit meeting could be it: the landmark event that will mark the real end of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the beginning of real peace. It could also be the beginning of a real disaster for both peoples if no agreement is reached.
Palestinian, Israeli and American leaders are meeting at Camp David for a last-ditch all out effort to reach a framework peace agreement and save the peace process before the Palestinians independently declare a state (or not) and before U.S. President Clinton leaves office. In preparation for the meeting, lower level talks are being held, perhaps at Camp David or elsewhere in the U.S. and perhaps at a few European capitals.
In the months and years prior to this summit, both sides have worked themselves into corners, with extremist declarations and acts, and both sides have also managed to maneuver themselves and the peace process into a Nadir of political popularity, partly because of factors unrelated to the peace process itself.
A great obstacle to peace on both sides are the machines of hate, xenophobia and nationalism that have been built up over many years. There are considerable minorities who have vested interests in maintaining the status quo, and leaders on both sides found that they could not break totally with the past and these extremist groups.
Peace will happen only if and when it is supported by a grass-roots movement on both sides. There is no time like the present. This may be our last chance to do it before the next war. It may be our last chance or a generation, or even for another hundred years.
Tuesday, July 11, 2000
The long, hard climb to the summit
President Clinton thought long and hard before deciding to invite the Israelis and the Palestinians to a summit at Camp David. He realized that it would be difficult to reach an agreement, and he was worried about possible failure. But even a host as full of goodwill as Clinton could not have imagined the poor opening statistics with which he will convene the first session in Maryland today. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak is arriving politically bruised and beaten. PA Chairman Yasser Arafat, attacked from within and eyed suspiciously from outside, is spewing aggressive, hard-line talk.
The atmosphere of gloom pervading the summit's opening and the gnawing doubts over its prospects for success make the role of the president and his advisors even more momentous and critical in the days to come. Not only will their powers of creative thinking, so vital for bridging the gaps between the parties, be put to the test, but so will their powers of political and psychological persuasion. They will have to make Arafat understand that Barak simply has no breath left, and that his political isolation is not a ploy, but a reflection of Israel's domestic situation in all its fragility.
That majority (of the people of Israel) had hopes then, and continues to hope now with all its heart, that Ehud Barak will succeed in reaching a peace agreement with the Palestinians, thereby ending a century of enmity and heralding a new era for both peoples.
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