Daily Star, Lebanon
THE LATE King Hassan of Morocco was one of the Middle East's "greatest peacemakers". Certainly he took a decidedly pro-Western tack and served as a facilitator between Israel and the Arab world. He was an important force for moderation in a realm noted for its emotional extremism. But there should be no illusions about the extent of the king's moderation. Although, in his foreign relations, he rejected the threats of the rejectionists, within Morocco he ruled for 38 years with an iron, and often brutal, fist.
New York Post, US
WITHIN JUST a few months Israel has lost two of her dearest friends in the region, King Hussein and King Hassan. What will their departure from the Middle Eastern scene mean for us, and for the region as a whole? Both these rulers played a vital role in a period when clandestine contacts were the only means to penetrate the iron ring of negativity with which the Arab consensus had surrounded us. Now they are gone, and their presence will be sorely missed. The peace process, however, has gone beyond the need for clandestine contacts. In the ensuing weeks a precise game-plan will unfold which will eventually bring us peace, and both the young kings can be safely assumed to give it their support. (David Kimche)
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