December 20, 2007 Inquiry & Analysis Series No. 410

Cartoons in the Arab Press on the Annapolis Peace Summit

December 20, 2007 | By Anna Mahjar-Barducci*
Inquiry & Analysis Series No. 410

In the month leading up to the November 27, 2007 Annapolis Peace Summit, and in the days following it, numerous cartoons on the Middle East peace process appeared in the Arab press. The majority of the cartoons stressed Israel's and the U.S.'s responsibility for the failure of the summit.

Annapolis Tries to Revive Peace

"The Annapolis Conference"

Al-Dustour (Jordan), November 13, 2007

On sign: "Annapolis"

Al-Watan (Saudi Arabia), November 10, 2007

Al-Jarida (Kuwait), November 27, 2007

Hopes for the Peace Process

Akhbar Al-Arab (UAE), November 27, 2007

On plane: "Annapolis"

Oman Daily (Oman), November 28, 2007

The Peace Process Won’t be an Easy Path

"Israeli-Palestinian Peace talks"

Al-Hayat (London), November 30, 2007


Time Has Run Out for Peace


"The time limit"

Al-Dustour (Jordan), November 15, 2007

"The Israeli negotiations"

Al-Watan (Saudi Arabia), November 4, 2007

The Peace Process is Stuck in Time

"The schedule for the beginning of the peace talks"

Al-Quds (Palestinian Authority), October 28, 2007

Israel Has a Different Time Line

Al-Hayat Al-Jadida (Palestinian Authority), November 9, 2007


The Peace Process is Dead


"The Annapolis Conference"

Falastin (Palestinian Authority), November 29, 2007

The U.S. is Sabotaging the Annapolis Peace Summit

"The Annapolis Conference"

Al-Raya (Qatar), November 12, 2007

The U.S. is Leading the Peace Process to a Dead End

"How's my driving?"

Al-Ghad (Jordan), November 8, 2007

Israel Empties Peace Process of Content, While U.S. Hands Palestinian President Israel's Demands

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert: "The content of the conference"

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice: "Israeli demands"

Al-Ghad (Jordan), November 20, 2007

U.S. Favors Israel

Arab News (Saudi Arabia), November 5, 2007

"The final statement of the Annapolis conference…"

Israeli PM Olmert: "The plan to invade Gaza"

Falastin (Palestinian Authority), November 28, 2007

Al Bayan (UAE), November 30, 2007

The U.S. Kills the Annapolis Peace Summit

"The Annapolis Conference"

Akhbar Al-Khaleej (UAE), November 30, 2007

Annapolis is a Police Attack on the Arab World

The following cartoons make a pun of "Annapolis," rendering it "Ana police" – "I am the police" in Arabic.

Al-Watan (Qatar), November 20, 2007

Al-Jarida (Kuwait), November 12, 2007

Falastin (Palestinian Authority), November 27, 2007

Too Many Road Maps

"The Fall Conference"

Al-Quds (Jerusalem), October 26, 2007

Israelis and Palestinians Have Different Understandings of Peace

Al-Watan (Qatar), November 14, 2007

Israel Hands Incomprehensible Requests for Peace to Abbas

"Abbas and Olmert – The Joint Statement"

Al-Bayan (UAE), November 3, 2007

Israel is Sabotaging the Peace Process

Al-Bayan (UAE), November 6, 2007

Al-Hayat Al-Jadida (Palestinian Authority), November 20, 2007

"The timetable for the final settlement"

Al-Jarida (Kuwait), November 8, 2007

Al-Bayan (UAE), October 28, 2007

Al-Bayan (UAE), November 27, 2007


Al-Dustour (Jordan), November 27, 2007

"The resumption of the peace process"

Al-Madina (Saudi Arabia), November 8, 2007

Falastin (Palestinian Authority), November 13, 2007

"The Annapolis Peace Conference"

Al-Ayam (Bahrain), November 29, 2007

Israeli Security Demands Killed Every Peace Initiative From Oslo to Annapolis

On demon: "Israeli security." On dead dove: "Oslo." On dove attempting to flee: "The Arab initiative." On dove in demon's hand: "Annapolis"

Al-Ghad (Jordan), November 7, 2007

Abbas, Rice Clinch and Arab Fiddles As "Palestanic" Sinks

Al-Ghad (Jordan), November 14, 2007

Israel Rejoices over Internal Palestinian Struggle

Al-Dustour (Jordan), November 14, 2007

"The continuation of internal Palestinian disagreements"

Oman (Oman), November 14, 2007

Palestinian Victory Thwarted by Internal Struggle

"The years since the death of Abu Ammar [Yasser Arafat]"

Al-Mustaqbal (Lebanon), November 12, 2007

Al-Bayan (UAE), November 14, 2007

"The internal strife"

Falastin (Palestinian Authority), November 14, 2007

No Peace in Gaza, Only Bombs and Barbed Wire

"Gaza and the Annapolis Conference"

Al-Arab Al-Yawm (Jordan), November 1, 2007

Gaza Before and After Annapolis

Right: "Gaza" "Before Annapolis." Left: "Gaza" "After Annapolis."

Falastin, Palestinian Authority, December 7, 2007


The Refugee Problem Remains on the Table


Al-Ghad (Jordan), November 28, 2007

Al-Dustour (Jordan), November 29, 2007

*A. Mahjar Barducci is a research fellow at MEMRI.

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