Straits Times, Singapore
NETANYAHU SHOULD not blame the Palestinians when his fanatic foreign minister makes reckless statements calling on Jewish settlers to grab Palestinian lands, and threatens to annex the West Bank if Arafat declares his state. It is obvious that Israel's commitment to its agreements with the Palestinians will have to be carried through if the peace process is to be served. The US is sending a clear message to Israeli leaders that there can be no turning back, and that the Israeli premier will have to make a choice.
NETANYAHU PUT the latest accord on hold, in part because of Arafat's continued insistence on declaring a Palestinian state in May. Clinton's visit has come at a timely moment for him; dogged by impeachment he will enhance his reputation by being seen to be trying to rescue the accord. For all three leaders the visit is a good thing; but whether it will ultimately solve any of their problems remains open.
Gulf Times, Qatar
THE HISTORIC meeting in Gaza was rightly regarded by Netanyahu as fulfilling Israel's requirement for a public Palestinian reaffirmation of the path of peace and coexistence with Israel. But the government is also correct in insisting that the Palestinians abide by their other commitments made at Wye, particularly regarding security cooperation, before handing over any more Israeli territory.
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