Message for the Middle East

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Relations between America and the Arab world are pretty shrill these days. Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak says anti-American sentiment among Arabs is at an all time high. Just this week, Jordan’s King Abdullah cancelled a long-planned meeting with President Bush.

He’s angry over the President’s support for the Israeli Prime Minister’s plans for the West Bank and Gaza. But while Arab leaders are quick to voice their anger and frustration at U.S. policy toward Iraq and Israel, they haven’t done a lot to put forward their own ideas for stability and peace to the region. The critics ask again if they really want those things after all.


Saad Eddin Ibrahim, political sociologist, American University, Cairo

Khaled al-Maeena, editor in chief, Arab News, Saudi Arabia

Rami Khouri, executive editor, The Daily Star, Beirut, Lebanon