Fragile Gaza truce ends in fresh bloodshed
Truce talks are over again as Israeli war planes pounded Gaza, as nine days of calm exploded into bloodshed by killing the wife and infant son of Hamas's top military commander. The death toll now totals over 2047! Durable truce seems to be a distant possibility.
I don't see a solution to Israel and Palestine conflict, as advocated by Rashidul Bari,
CRISP scholar of NY University (TDS, August 21), as long as US hegemony and its dubious role remains supreme. I am, however, willing to accept Yasser Arafat's prophecy that “the children of Arabs and Jews shall play together and compete to pick flowers and they should compete to win math and science competition rather than to kill each other.”
Redemption should also come from Menachem Begin's Nobel Peace Prize speech ... “Every child of Arabs and Jewish descent is born free and equal, in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood”. The sooner the trio -- Benjamin Netanyahu, Barack Obama and Ismail Haniyeh -- realize it, the better it is for the world.
A F Rahman