Gaza truce ef­forts

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GLOBAL ef­forts to seal a cease­fire in Gaza are still doomed to fail amid eight days of Is­raeli rocket at­tacks on Gaza’s civil­ian ar­eas have led to over 100 deaths ma­jor­ity among them were chil­dren. More­over, Is­rael has sig­naled a readi­ness to ex­pand the war.

Del­e­gates from the two sides have met in Cairo to stop the killings and US Sec­re­tary of State Hil­lary Clin­ton has arrive to bro­ker a deal but the United Nations has done noth­ing to put an end to them. In­stead all that the diplo­mats at the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil have only drafted a state­ment sent to their re­spec­tive for­eign of­fices, while the in­ter­na­tional me­dia con­tin­ues to pub­lish graphic scenes of the death and de­struc­tion in­flicted on the in­no­cent Pales­tini­ans.

No doubt cease­fire will sooner or later come into ef­fect but the ques­tion is how long Is­rael will launch its at­tacks.

For how long peace­mak­ers, from the US sec­re­tary gen­eral to the re-elected pres­i­dent of the su­per­power US re­ally, mak­ing an ef­fort to solve the prob­lem for­ever. They can put out the fire by tack­ling the flames in­stead of go­ing to the source of the blaze. The is­sue is the Pales­tinian peo­ple’s right to self-de­ter­mi­na­tion; the is­sue is the con­tin­ued oc­cu­pa­tion of the Pales­tinian peo­ple’s an­ces­tral land by set­tlers; the is­sue is how to end the oc­cu­pa­tion of the Arab lands and give to the peo­ple of Pales­tine a state of their own, with Jerusalem, now un­der Is­raeli oc­cu­pa­tion, as its cap­i­tal. The UN has passed at least two land­mark res­o­lu­tions - 242 and 338 - call­ing for Is­rael’s with­drawal from Pales­tinian ter­ri­to­ries and at least two Amer­i­can pres­i­dents, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clin­ton, had re­jected it. The 1978-79 Camp David agree­ment made Is­rael with­draw from the Si­nai while the 1993 Dec­la­ra­tion of Prin­ci­ples laid down a timetable for the Is­raeli with­drawal. But, af­ter the man who signed it for Is­rael, prime min­is­ter Yitzhak Rabin, was mur­dered, suc­ces­sive Is­raeli gov­ern­ments have re­neged on it. Since then, there has been a stale­mate, and Is­rael con­tin­ues to build new set­tle­ments on the West Bank to al­ter the oc­cu­pied ter­ri­tory’s de­mo­graphic char­ac­ter. As ex­pe­ri­ence shows, a cease­fire serves tem­po­rar­ily as it doesn’t root out the cause of the con­flict that has con­tin­ued for decades.

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