Jerusalem Post, Israel
IN EFFECT, the negotiations were between the Israelis and the Americans, who, thanks to President Clinton's dogged persistence - coupled with bribery of an amount not yet revealed - have managed to put themselves back in control of the incubator that is the Middle East. After nearly 19 months of stalemate, the result is a few expensive crumbs of comfort for the Palestinians. But they may be important ones.
The Daily Star, Lebanon
THE ZIONIST entity thrives on US support. Without America, Israel will lose its ability to survive. We must wake up and restore, by force if necessary, our arrogated rights from the puppets of Zionism and American imperialism. This vicious circle must be broken as soon as possible if we truly aspire for freedom and a better tomorrow. If we wait any more the Zionists will humiliate us further, and we, the masses, will bear the brunt because our leaders are insensitive.
THE SIGNING of the second pullback agreement is an important economic event. But the positive economic consequences of the agreement could be spoilt by a political shake-up in Israel. The danger lies in the possibility that elections will be brought forward to the beginning of 1999, which would mean an election campaign at the same time as the budget debate. Such a situation opens the way to populist decisions such as reckless spending. If elections take place in the next few months, the government will be hard put to point to economic achievements that will make the public ignore the recession and the level of unemployment. Whoever takes difficult, even fateful decisions in the political sphere, ought to behave just as responsibly in the economic sphere, and take advantage of the agreement to the economy's benefit.
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