Is­rael raids Gaza again

Pakistan Observer - - EDITORIALS & COMMENT -

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in Gaza is again flar­ing up with Is­rael us­ing air­crafts to hit the in­no­cent Pales­tini­ans Over the decades, Is­rael is us­ing brute mil­i­tary force against Pales­tini­ans and iron­i­cally the international com­mu­nity has only acted as a silent spec­ta­tor on the plight of these op­pressed peo­ple. We salute the courage of Pales­tini­ans who against heavy odds have not bowed be­fore the op­pres­sors and con­tin­u­ing strug­gle to get their land freed from the oc­cu­py­ing forces.

The sit­u­a­tion how­ever war­rants that international com­mu­nity, par­tic­u­larly the US, should im­press upon Is­rael to stop its op­pres­sive tac­tics and end its nearly half cen­tury oc­cu­pa­tion of Pales­tinian land as fail­ure to do so would fur­ther desta­bilise the re­gion which is al­ready fac­ing a vi­cious cy­cle of ter­ror. In fact the just and com­pre­hen­sive so­lu­tion of this lin­ger­ing dis­pute is im­per­a­tive to bring last­ing peace in the Mid­dle East. To achieve this goal ma­jor cap­i­tals, par­tic­u­larly Wash­ing­ton which claims to be the flag bearer of hu­man rights, would have to play a more se­ri­ous and con­certed role. In fact, we have not seen any im­por­tant step on the part of the US for the res­o­lu­tion of this out­stand­ing con­flict ex­cept serv­ing and shield­ing Is­raeli in­ter­ests. Though the Camp David meet­ings were con­ducted in the past yet these too failed to yield any thing pos­i­tive be­cause of the Is­raeli in­tran­si­gence. In those talks, the Pales­tinian lead­er­ship rightly de­manded full sovereignty of en­tire West Bank and the Gaza Strip as it is their land and they had al­ready com­pro­mised much land to Is­rael but the Is­raeli prime min­is­ter did not agree to the idea as he wanted to main­tain some kind of con­trol on these ter­ri­to­ries. As the sit­u­a­tion is again wors­en­ing in the ter­ri­tory with Is­rael re­sort­ing to brute use of force, there is need to check the sit­u­a­tion on im­me­di­ate ba­sis bring­ing the two sides closer for fruit­ful ne­go­ti­a­tions. The UN should also not re­main side­lined in the con­flict rather adopt a more proac­tive role and com­pel Is­rael to pur­sue the course of peace­ful set­tle­ment.

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