(Rami G Khouri)
The Daily Star, Lebanon
BY HISTORIC standards, the diplomatic confrontation that Mrs Albright (and President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt) helped break this time barely registered on the political Richter scale. It is wise to take advantage of the momentum generated by the breakthrough. But it is even wiser to anticipate the obstacles ahead.
The Washington Post, US
A PALESTINIAN state will be established in due course - a truly contentious issue. There are the emotional and religious and territorial issues of Jerusalem, a problem which may take Solomon to solve. For now, however, Barak must move ahead. Next should come talks and a peace deal with Syria. Damascus is historically the greatest sponsor of terrorism in the Middle East. Syria has its own reasons to make a peace deal with Israel and end that terrorist threat for ever. Israel must pursue that possibility immediately.
Bangkok Post, Thailand
AS ALWAYS in such agreements, there was deadline bargaining on several issues, like the number of Palestinian prisoners to be released, the wording of the commitments on settlements and a Palestinian declaration of independence. But there was no breakdown in trust between the two sides. This augurs well for the difficult bargaining ahead over issues like Jerusalem, the future of Jewish settlements, the nature and boundaries of a possible Palestinian state and any return of Palestinian refugees.
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