Time to solve Arab-Is­raeli is­sue

Irish Independent - - Letters & Editorial Comment -

■ I per­son­ally, for one, sup­port the unity and sovereignty of Spain and at the same time the le­git­i­mate as­pi­ra­tions of free peo­ple to de­ter­mine their des­tiny.

Cat­alo­nia by it­self can­not sur­vive amid the raging seas sur­round­ing it and can­not abol­ish by the stroke of a pen more than five cen­turies of har­mo­nious co­ex­is­tence and so­cial har­mony.

How­ever, by sid­ing with Spain against Cat­alo­nia, the Euro­pean Union has em­barked on a pre­car­i­ous path of tightrope walk­ing. Why then does the West sup­port the frag­men­ta­tion of Syria, Libya, Iraq into sep­a­rate po­lit­i­cal poli­ties to ful­fil the as­pi­ra­tion of their eth­nic and re­li­gious mi­nori­ties?

Why not sup­port the valid as­pi­ra­tions of Pales­tini­ans to es­tab­lish their in­de­pen­dent state on their lib­er­ated soil?

Pales­tini­ans have their unique cul­ture, food, tra­di­tions and his­tory.

As many Western na­tions will cel­e­brate the cen­ten­nial an­niver­sary of the Bal­four Dec­la­ra­tion that ush­ered in the state of Is­rael into ex­is­tence; it is time to solve the long­est run­ning con­flict in mod­ern times: the Arab-Is­raeli is­sue.

Dr Mun­jed Farid al Qu­tob Lon­don, Eng­land

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