Jerusalem Post, Israel
ONLY BALANCED and reciprocal resolutions of the Jewish/ Israeli and Palestinian national dilemmas can lead to permanent peace and security based on mutual justice and equality. Most noteworthy, in my view, is that such a balanced, mirrored resolution of the conflict is not a romantic future dream - it is the repeatedly reaffirmed, but never fully acknowledged, regional and global consensus that is well on the way to being achieved. (Rami G Khouri)
THE CLINTON administration is keeping the interests of the Israelis uppermost but has shown some interest in resolving the Palestine issue. Since the Jewish community has strong lobbies in Congress and effective influence in this administration, the progress towards a just peace has been slow. After the Israeli elections, the US must condemn Israel's delaying tactics and join the rest of the world community to back a Palestinian homeland. Jerusalem has been the cradle of three monolithic religions and the Israeli design on making it just a Jewish centre is immoral, and the US must find the moral courage to back the Palestinians in talks for the final status of this holy city.
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