– Debbie Menon
They are both correct in much, or most, of what they say and there is no denying that Hart knows what he is talking about when he talks about the Middle East and its Byzantine political web; and Hanania’s comments on “educating Americans.” Hart will be addressing the Annual Nakba Commemoration Dinner, this May 15th, in Dearborn, USA.
Alan Hart is also author of the book Arafat, Terrorist or Peacemaker? For those not aware of that book, it was the first ever to tell the true story of the Palestinian struggle from the leadership’s perspective.
In that book he came to two main conclusions. The first was that by the end of 1979 (more than three decades ago), Arafat had performed a miracle of leadership by preparing the ground on his side for unthinkable compromise and peace, peace on terms which any rational government and people in Israel would have accepted with relief.
The second was that what Arafat needed to emerge as the peacemaker he so much wanted to be, was a good faith Israeli negotiating partner.
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Alan Hart is a former ITN and BBC Panorama foreign correspondent who covered wars and conflicts wherever they were taking place in the world and specialized in the Middle East.
His Latest book Zionism: The Real Enemy of the Jews, is a three-volume epic in its American edition. He blogs on www.alanhart.net and tweets on www.twitter.com/alanauthor.