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Daoud Kuttab

For Daoud Kuttab's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Can Palestine win the peace?

Sep 9, 2014

Can Palestine win the peace?

The tremendous sympathy and support Palestinians received from international observers because of the high price they paid during their 51-day war with Israel will be useless if the leaders of Hamas and Fatah fail to maintain a united front.

Jun 21, 2013

New censors of Web media

The Internet has proved to be a powerful tool for overcoming media restrictions and censorship worldwide. But new restrictions on Web-based news media, such as those in Jordan, threaten to reverse the progress that the Internet has enabled. For example, the tendency of Arab ...

Dec 1, 2012

Making the case for Palestine

Nowhere are the grievances that perpetuate violence and war more evident than they are in Palestine today. But the world’s politicians continue to dance around the problem rather than confront it. The recent deadly violence in Gaza is only the latest proof that people ...

Sep 22, 2011

A brief history of Palestinians' state of mind

The idea of Palestine becoming a permanent member of the United Nations originated, say Palestinians, with none other than U.S. President Barack Obama. Speaking at the U.N. General Assembly on Sept. 23, 2010, Obama said he hoped that “when we come back here next ...

Apr 13, 2011

U.S. makes a comeback in the Arab world

Without much fanfare, the past few months have seen no anti-American demonstrations and no burning of American flags across the Arab world. Arabs seem increasingly willing to accept — and even applaud — the Obama administration’s policy toward the region. Of course, Arabs are ...

Jan 12, 2011

Middle East peace, not process

RAMALLAH — The United States should stop pushing for the resumption of the Palestinian-Israeli peace process. Doing so might be the best way to achieve peace — a paradox that reflects the huge gap between a peace process and achieving genuine peace. Make no ...

Aug 18, 2010

Peace process vs. real peace

RAMALLAH — Direct talks between Palestinian and Israeli leaders are the most obvious way to achieve peace in the Middle East conflict. But history has shown time and again that a high-profile peace process alone is no recipe for success. The Arab League is ...

May 11, 2010

Middle East peace by any means available

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Something is happening with the Middle East conflict. A breakthrough appears at hand, though all the parties still seem to be clinging to their traditional positions. The Arab League gave the go-ahead to indirect Palestinian-Israeli talks, and the various Palestinian ...

Mar 17, 2010

An indirect solution for a Palestinian state?

RAMALLAH — Palestinians and Israelis have different and possibly contradictory expectations from the indirect negotiations that the United States has pushed both sides into beginning. Israel was among the first parties to welcome the Arab League’s reluctant decision to back Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ ...