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One man’s battle for peace in the Middle East

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While the most recent events in Iran get extensive coverage the world over, another significant development on the political stage is being ignored. Western media beat themselves to the bunch in broadcasting every fart coming out of Iran, and yet they did not report a visit of the Gaza Strip by a former president of the United States.

Jimmy Carte is regarded by many in the US as the president wearing a cardigan reminding them to save and not to spend money they don’t have. Seems pretty smart and farsighted now, doesn’t it. So when Jimmy Carter visits the poor people of Gaza the world should listen and observe when he has to ‘hold back tears’.

The former US president was due to tour areas destroyed by Israel’s 22-day war against the Hamas-ruled territory earlier this year. The offensive killed more than 1,400 Palestinians, many of them women and children, and left large areas of the impoverished strip in ruins.

Thirteen Israelis died during the conflict.

Carter told students at a graduation ceremony in the Strip: "I have to hold back tears when I see the deliberate destruction that has been raged against your people."

One person that did certainly not listen and who’s heart seemed out of stone is Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister. In a recent speech he outlined his vision for Israel and peace. Unfortunately while he praises the right of Israel to live in their ‘historic homeland’ he completely fails to recognise the same right for the Palestinian people.

Demilitarization of Palestinians, Israel’s right to expand existing settlements and the demand for resettling Palestinian refuges outside of Israel are all but unacceptable for the poor people of Gaza and the West Bank.

And the simple truth is that the root of the conflict was, and remains, the refusal to recognise the right of the Jewish people to a state of their own, in their historic homeland.

Netanyahu justifies all this and destroys the glimmer of hope for the Palestinian people with one sentence. He is not ready to grant his neighbors the same right he demands for Israel, to build a free, independent and true neighbor state. Under these conditions Palestinians had to reject Israel’s terms.

It is up to true leaders like Jimmy Carter to recognize injustice and to bring it into the public view. Though this fight seems to resemble Cervantes Don Quixote ‘tilting the windmills’ it is a true fight and it is as important as peace itself in the Middle East.

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Written by Alfred

16. June 2009 at 1:43 pm

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  1. Thanks for your report. President Carter is a man if integrity.

    joeland7

    16. June 2009 at 2:07 pm


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