Very early in his career Mark Bruzonsky made world headlines when he personally met privately and alone with Egyptian President Anwar Sadat in Cairo, a meeting which lead to Sadat's history-changing visit to Israel a week later. The next morning a picture of Bruzonsky meeting with Sadat appeared at the top of the front page of Egyptian newspapers. A few days later Sadat sent an unprecedented page-long telegram to Israeli leaders which itself became front-page news in Israel. And the following day came the further world headline that Sadat would take the history changing step to go personally to Israel on Saturday, the first Arab leader to ever visit Israel. Bruzonsky was among the distinguished guests at the Tel Aviv airport to welcome him, just six days after he had met with Sadat in Cairo.
Bruzonsky again was responsible forworld headlines when he authored The Paris Declaration published on the front page of LeMonde, France's leading newspaper. This was a breakthrough event that greatly contributed to major political developments soon to take place including growing calls worldwide for a Palestinian State and a formal acceptance by the PLO of the "Two-State Solution". The Declaration authored by Bruzonsky who then helped arrange for its publication in LeMonde, was authored by a number of the most important international Jewish leaders in the world -- Dr. Nahum Goldman, founder of both The World Jewish Congress and the World Zionist Organization; Philip Klutznick, President Emeritus of B'nai B'rith International, successor President of The World Jewish Congress, and former U.S. Secretary of Commerce; and Pierre Mendes-France, former President of France -- all in coordination with Dr. Isam Sartawi, the European Representative of the PLO and a special close friend of Bruzonsky.
During the years of the first Intifada in Occupied Palestine -- 1987 to 1993 -- Bruzonsky organized a group of Jewish professionals as The Jewish Committee on the Middle East. JCOME published a historic statement of principles followed by dozens of full-page magazine ads in many publications including The New York Review of Books, The Nation, LAWeekly, The Progressive, Roll Call, The Village Voice, The Washington Report, In These Times, The Washington City Paper, and other publications. The full Statement was also reprinted in the Congressional Record and, when JCOME was invited to testify before a Congressional Committee, AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) protested and, when unsuccessful in blocking JCOME, refused to attend. Three unique video documentaries were also made and broadcast on cable TV throughout the United States - PALESTINIAN STATEHOOD, WE DARE TO SPEAK, and CHOMSKY: THE NEW WORLD ORDER, LATIN AMERICA, AND THE MIDDLE EAST. And a unique pamphlet by the distinguished Yale University Law School Professor Charles Black was published when no publication in the U.S. would agree to publish it: Let Us Rethink Our 'Special Relationship' With Israel".
Never before in history had there been such a history-making agreement signed with such a ceremony at the White House. Some three thousand guests were present on the White House lawn on 13 September 1993 as Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, Chairman Yasser Arafat of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), and President William Clinton, along with other top officials, went through an elaborate ceremony whose goal was to achieve peace between Israelis and Palestinians based on mutually recognized homelands. Nearly all commentators at that day were declaring that this agreement would finally result in the long-sought peace between Israel and Palestine and furthermore would spread throughout the region. Nearly alone among the major network TV commentators Bruzonsky explained on CTV, as he provided the live commentary during the White House ceremony, and in interviews during the days before and after, that he believed the agreement would fail, that we were all asked to be witnesses at this marriage of the oddest of the odd couples who were getting married not only for different reasons but with far different expectations and desires.
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A very unusual situation occurred in 1998 at a time of great tension with Iraq with pressures growing for further bombing and possible invasion of Iraq. Bruzonsky was invited to appear on FOX News. He explained that though he had no access to classified information he strongly believed Iraq did not have nuclear or other weapons of mass destruction. Then when he mentioned that there was a country in the Middle East who did have such weapons, Israel, he was cut off by the program host. In the studio the producers who had invited Bruzonsky complimented him for how he handled the questions and for his honesty and invited him to come back the next day to continue. He did but the same thing happened and he was cut off. The producers, themselves troubled by how Bruzonsky had again been cut off, invited him to come back again the next day. He did but the same thing happened and he was again cut off when he tried to explain that though Iraq did not have such weapons Israel did. The producers actually invited Bruzonsky to come back for a fourth day in a row, but at that point he declined.
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Even before his death and then when he died, Bruzonsky explained and documented on radio and TV programs his reasons for concluding that the Israelis -- then lead by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon -- had "stealth assassinated" Yasser Arafat, the most important Palestinian leader of all time, and did so in coordination with the Bush/Cheney Administration in Washington. As Bruzonsky explained, in previous years, during the Clinton Administration, Arafat had been the most frequent visitor to the White House, but upon taking power and in the aftermath of 9/11, Sharon maneuvered to isolate and assassinate Arafat.
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