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Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu (L) American President Barack Obama (C) and Palestinian Arab leader Mahmoud Abbas (R)

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu (L) American President Barack Obama (C) and Palestinian Arab leader Mahmoud Abbas (R)
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In his much-publicized latest telephonic conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu  American President Barack Obama has reportedly “expressed concern about the risk of further escalation” in the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the Gaza Strip  and emphasized the need for “all sides to do everything they can to protect the lives of civilians and restore calm.”  Reports are that  Obama has proposed  ”  to facilitate a cessation of hostilities, including a return to the November 2012 ceasefire agreement.” French and Russian Presidents Francois Hollande and Vladimir Putin have made similar ceasefire pleas . Earlier, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon had also urged Israel and Palestinian militants to exercise restraint, saying the Middle East could not afford “another full-blown war”.

One, however doubts if such well-meaning suggestions would lead to any positive outcome . Knowledgeable sources say the Palestinian militants’ charter is not for peace and non-violence . As for the Palestinian leadership , it has hardly been interested in a meaningful dialogue for a political solution in  the region. Ever since the Jewish state came into existence in 1948 the successive Israeli political leaderships have appreciated the value of political peace and social harmony and mooted various practical packages aimed at accomplishing the desired objectives . But the Palestinian leadership has invented one or the other reason to reject it . 

One expert observes  the Palestinian leaders have  “rejected several opportunities to establish a Palestinian state and develop Palestinian civil society.”   They fear that “accepting reconciliation would transform the Palestinians … from the world’s ultimate victim into an ordinary nation-state, terminating decades of unprecedented international indulgence;”  it would force them  “into responsibility, accountability and the daunting task of state building.”

Another expert says the Palestinian leaders often moot the partition of Jerusalem. They know it fully well that no Israeli government can ever accept it .  He says that Israel cannot agree to any such proposal for three essential reasons . First, Jerusalem as Israel’s capital holds a spiritual and religious significance to the Israelis.  Over two thirds of Israelis feel that Jerusalem should remain the united capital of Israel. They are opposed to the idea of Israel relinquishing its  control over the Temple Mount , their holiest place in the world.  

Second, Jerusalem  holds strategic importance in controlling the only highway from the coast of the Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan River Valley, along which Israeli military forces can move with little interference from Arab communities. Jerusalem is the linchpin for erecting a security zone along the Jordan Rift that Israel insists on. If Israel wants to maintain a defensible border in the East, it needs to secure the east-west axis from the coast to the Jordan Valley, via an undivided Jerusalem.

And third, Israel’s Arab minority too has shown its preference for living under Israeli rule.  Many Arabs have moved to the Israeli side of the security barrier being built around Jerusalem. A large majority of Jerusalem’s Arabs oppose being subject to Palestinian rule. Jerusalem under Israel offers the quality of life of a modern Western city while only a few kilometers away, a Third World standard of living and religious intolerance are the norm.”  

The sources say the lack of seriousness for peace in the mind of the Palestinian leadership can be discerned also in its approach towards the culture of hatred and violence promoted by certain extremist elements on its  side.  The Palestinian political leadership has done little to rein in such violent extremist elements. It has rather continued to encourage the incitement of hatred and violence against Israel even though the latter has provided it a lot aid , including security and intelligence , to make the idea of a Palestinian state a reality.

Palestinian Authority leaders have hailed some terrorists as heroes and named public squares after them. They have designed their school curriculum to make children emulate such terrorists.  Recently, Palestinian Authority  President Mohammed Abbas has forged a unity pact with Hamas. The whole world knows it is an offshoot of Muslim Brotherhood. It is a terror organization with a charter to kill all Jews.   Hamas members have made the life of Israelis living in the south miserable as they fire rockets at them.   
The sources add Israel has launched its current operation Protective Edge only after a surge in Hamas rocket fire amid a crackdown on their members (in the West Bank) suspected of having recently abducted and killed three Israeli teenagers . Israel’s targets in Gaza have been militant fighters and facilities alone. Civilian casualties, if any, in the operation have been a result of the Hamas recourse to employing human shield aimed at tarnishing the image of Israel.     line

About the Author: Jagdish N. Singh is an Indian journalist based in New Delhi.


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76 Responses to “Prospects Of Peace In Gaza Strip Bleak”

  1. Ilan Haran says:

    We are here today—-BECAUSE of that so-called cease-fire!!

  2. NO! NO NO NO NO AND NO! NOT THIS TIME MY DEAR FELLOWE

  3. How can you have peace with a country determined to exterminate you?

  4. NO THANK YOU. we do not need you, WE HAVE GOD

  5. Diane Hudson says:

    President Obama is against Israel and May God curse those who are against Israel!

  6. JD Méndez says:

    NO. NO. NO; AND A TRILLION TIMES ABSOLUTELY NOT.

  7. Jack Pinski says:

    No way !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. And allow hamas to regroupand get more rockets from iran? You’ve got o be joking!

  9. No God will provide the answer

  10. Obama are sick too … begin now your way out of White House without glory but in shame!

  11. No! This needs to end..Gaza needs tp be under complete Israeli control!

  12. The better defense oh Israel its the attack … stand firm now no more deals an cinquer Gaza Split

  13. Diane Hudson says:

    No i am not wrong. Learn how to spell

  14. forget the stupid arab hanmas, Isreal kick them down the stairs. !!

  15. NO! Permanent solutions only this time.

  16. Where were the so called “world leaders” when gaza terrorists were importing tens of thousands of rockets and hiding them in mosques and residential homes? Where were they when gaza terrorists kidnapped and murdered three jewish teenagers? We are sick and tired of world “leaders” who are IMBECILES.

  17. WRONG. There will likely be more peace once Hamas is destroyed. Stop now and there will be more terror soon.

  18. You have to do what you have to do..all it would take would be no more rockets, easy thing to do ..

  19. The true Christians know the truth and support Israel in this. We are praying for safety for all innocents on both sides, but you can’t stop the prophecies now unfolding. Don’t be fooled by a false peace!

  20. Don’t trust the man in the White House- we don’t !

  21. Peace, what peace they don’t know what the word peace means…

  22. No ceasefire, I don’t agree with that, there will be lost of lives in this conflict but ,we cannot negotiate with terrorism. Terror groups like hamas, If they like killing their own people than??????? what next. These evils organisations built on hates and killing. sept 11 was a lessons the world need to learn from. I was given a Koran from a few working college of mine from Indonesia, I read through it, and I found that a lot of the writting was copy from some scriptures from THE OLD TESTAMENT. Now world leader want to negotiate with this killing machine ???????.Abbas need to stand down, Palestinian need to choose a leader who truly love their people. Christian love Samson of Jerusalem. Salem malik to all people who love Peace for they will live.

  23. Bill Ades says:

    Gee how original…

  24. Israel stand strong and unite and support IDF, pray always and look to your GOD OF YOUR FOREFATHER Abraham,Issac,Israel and King David. GOD ALMIGHTY WILL bring real Peace to HIS HOLY LAND.That land does not belong to arabs and muslims religion. It belong to GOD OF ISRAEL,THE HOLY ROCK THAT BROUGHT YOU OUT FROM EGYPT.Christian love Samson Haangana, Tonga,australia.

  25. Israel stand strong and unite and support IDF, pray always and look to your GOD OF YOUR FOREFATHER Abraham,Issac,Israel and King David. GOD ALMIGHTY WILL bring real Peace to HIS HOLY LAND.That land does not belong to arabs and muslims religion. It belong to GOD OF ISRAEL,THE HOLY ROCK THAT BROUGHT YOU OUT FROM EGYPT.Christian love Samson Haangana, Tonga,australia.

  26. Israel stand strong and unite and support IDF, pray always and look to your GOD OF YOUR FOREFATHER Abraham,Issac,Israel and King David. GOD ALMIGHTY WILL bring real Peace to HIS HOLY LAND.That land does not belong to arabs and muslims religion. It belong to GOD OF ISRAEL,THE HOLY ROCK THAT BROUGHT YOU OUT FROM EGYPT.Christian love Samson Haangana, Tonga,australia.

  27. God bless, Israel. Destroy the state of Israels enemies, and do not humankind deceive, themselves. Praying from Norway with all my love in Christ Our Savior. Amen

  28. God bless, Israel. Destroy the state of Israels enemies, and do not humankind deceive, themselves. Praying from Norway with all my love in Christ Our Savior. Amen

  29. No way, pecaré whit murderers?, I’don think so.

  30. No way, pecaré whit murderers?, I’don think so.

  31. Don’t trust BO and his friend Abbas

  32. No ceasefire until Hamas is history.

  33. Richard Bell says:

    Balderdash. Get Obama and Kerry out of the picture. It is a war. God bless isreal.

  34. Frank Sucias says:

    hitler terror of human kind..do you think hitler is a good person?

  35. Frank Sucias says:

    hitler terror of human kind..do you think hitler is a good person?

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