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Is An Israeli - Palestinian Peace Possible?Salem-News.com
One of the world's most esteemed reporters will discuss issues necessary for real understanding of who must do what and why for justice and peace in the Middle East and best protecting America's own real interests.
(LOS ANGELES) - Alan Hart, today an author, is a former foreign correspondent for Independent Television News and Panorama, BBC TV's flagship current affairs program, who covered wars and conflicts wherever they were happening in the world.
At 68 (a young 68) Alan has been engaged with the conflict in the Middle East for 40 years. He was the first Western correspondent to reach the banks of the Suez Canal with the Israeli army in 1967.
This is a rare opportunity to hear from one of the few people in the world (possibly the only person in the world) who enjoyed intimate access to, and on the human level friendship with, two of the greatest opposites in history - Golda Meir, Mother Israel and Yasser Arafat, Father Palestine.
On the Arab side, in addition to PLO chairman Arafat, he enjoyed special relations and private conversations with Saudi Arabia’s King Faisal (Alan was the first Western correspondent to interview him on camera), Jordan’s King Hussein and Egyptian Presidents Nasser and Sadat.
In pre-revolutionary Iran he was also a confidant of Empress Farah, when she was trying to warn her husband the Shah that things were going badly in his country and that a sycophantic bureaucracy was keeping the truth from him.
His private one-on-one conversations over the years with leaders on both sides of the Arab-Israeli conflict gave Alan a rare insight into the truth of what they really believed and feared as opposed to what they said in public for propaganda and myth-sustaining purposes.
In 1980 Alan, on his own initiative, was the linkman in an unofficial, secret exploratory dialogue between Arafat and Shimon Peres. At the time Peres was the leader of Israel’s main opposition Labour Party and, many believed (wrongly as it turned out), the man who would defeat Menachem Begin and become prime minister after the 1981 election.
A fascinating career. At age 7 Alan knew he wanted to be a reporter. By age 18 he was reporting from Central Africa for not only for The Nyasaland Times but, as a stringer, for all but one of Britain’s national newspapers and the three main international news agencies - Reuters, Associated Press and UPI.
It was in Vietnam, observing America spending six million dollars a minute destroying two countries in a war he thought could not be won and should not be fought, that he started to ask himself questions about why things are as they are in the world.
Today as a private citizen, without constraints, Alan can address the issues necessary for real understanding of who must do what and why for justice and peace in the Middle East and best protecting America's own real interests.
Following the presentation there will be time for questions and debate with Alan.
Alan will be speaking in the US and Canada from Mid May to Mid June. He is starting off in Michigan arriving 13 May.
______________________________________Alan's arrival in America in mid May for a month will be on the heels of the publication of Volume 3 of the American edition of his epic book, Zionism: The Real Enemy of the Jews. The sub-title of this volume is Conflict Without End?
It takes the story from the 1967 war and the creation of Greater Israel to the present and the question: Is Peace Possible?
Will President Obama be allowed to deliver an acceptable amount of justice for the Palestinians in order to achieve peace for all and, if not, what’s the most likely future for the region and the world?
"... immensely readable and a magnificent piece of work ..."
"... elucidates the dangers involved in the unconditional Western support for Zionism and its oppressive policies against the Palestinians."
"... principled, ... historical, ... excellent, even heroic, in effort and scope."
Over more than four decades Alan Hart enjoyed intimate access to, and on the human level friendship with, leaders of both sides including Golda Meir, Mother Israel, and Yasser Arafat,Father Palestine. (Others included Moshe Dayan, Shimon Peres, Nasser, Sadat, King Faisal, King Hussein—the list is long). He also participated at a leadership level in the secret politics of the search for peace in the Middle East (as an intermediary between Arafat and Peres when it was presumed that Peres was headed for leadership). ZIONISM, THE REAL ENEMY OF THE JEWS is Alan Hart’s epic three-volume journey through the propaganda lies and the documented truth of history as it relates to the making and sustaining of what has come to be called the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.
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