IN­TER­NA­TIONAL

The Is­rael-pales­tine con­flict has its so­lu­tion in the back­ing of the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity. Only a strong and will­ing po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship can re­solve the Mid­dle East cri­sis.

Southasia - - Contents - By Syed Moaz­zam Hashmi

Pales­tini­ans con­tinue to face ob­sta­cles in their de­mand for an independent state.

In the cur­rent po­lit­i­cal environment, the Mid­dle East has be­come a hotspot once again and it seems the Is­rael-Pales­tine con­flict is still a burn­ing is­sue that de­serves the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity’s ur­gent at­ten­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to a 2007 poll, the ma­jor­ity of Is­raelis and Pales­tini­ans opted for an independent State of Pales­tine (SOP) along­side the Is­raeli state as an ul­ti­mate so­lu­tion to the con­flict. But a num­ber of sig­nif­i­cant ob­sta­cles cast dark shad­ows over what now is the pop­u­lar de­mand.

The Is­rael-Pales­tine con­flict is not as sim­ple as it ap­pears. It is not just be­tween the two war­ring par­ties and the in­volve­ment of re­gional and global power fur­ther con­trib­utes to the com­plex­ity of the is­sue. It is also not just Is­rael and Pales­tine cling­ing to rhetoric, but also the world pow- ers’ lust to ex­ploit the is­sue for lever­ag­ing their med­dling in the Mid­dle East­ern af­fairs.

Declar­ing the SOP, as it is ex­pected in the United Na­tion’s Gen­eral Assem­bly meet­ing in Septem­ber, would have dif­fer­ent ram­i­fi­ca­tions than 1948 when the state of Is­rael was carved out in the heart of the Mid­dle East. The pro­posed state would en­ve­lope the ter­ri­tory of the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza. Since then con­sis­tent ef­forts were launched by the Arab world that also took other coun­tries in its fold. How­ever, it ap­pears that most of the frus­trated Arab at­tempts fur­ther com­pli­cated the is­sue and damp­ened the hopes for an am­i­ca­ble res­o­lu­tion.

The trou­ble be­gan when Arabs de­clared a war on Is­rael in 1973 which pro­voked Is­rael putting the sta­tus of Pales­tine as an independent state in jeop­ardy. If Arabs are fed up with Is­rael, so does the Jewish state as well as the main ex­ter­nal ac­tors in­volved in the Pales­tinian saga, par­tic­u­larly the Quar­tet com­pris­ing the United Na­tions which is ex­pected to ta­ble and pass the res­o­lu­tion in fa­vor of a sov­er­eign Pales­tinian state this month; the Euro­pean Union with its cau­tious rather empty ap­proach to-

Par­adise lost?

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