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Kalhousová, Irena

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Hospodárske noviny - Slovakia | 17/03/2015

Netanyahu perhaps replaceable after all

When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dissolved the coalition in December he had no problems with the idea of new elections because he was sure he was irreplaceable, the liberal business paper Hospodářské noviny recalls:"The Israelis thought that no one was as experienced and able to stand up to Iran, the IS, Hamas and Hezbollah. But then Netanyahu's certainty that he was unbeatable began to annoy the Israelis. ... A large number of people are beset by economic worries, and suffer above all from high rents. Many have the impression that Netanyahu has no understanding for such problems. In addition the left has been able to sow doubt that only Netanyahu could protect Israel from foreign threats. His arrogance has brought relations with Europe - and above all to the US - to a standstill. ... According to the last opinion polls Likud is in for a beating. Of course, it's not over till it's over. But in any case Netanyahu's position seems badly shaken."

Hospodářské noviny - Czech Republic | 04/03/2015

Netanyahu's concerns fully justified

The emotions provoked by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's speech to the US Congress should not divert attention from the real problems, the business paper Hospodářské noviny warns: "The US has yielded to Iran time after time. Two years ago Obama ruled out the option of an Iranian nuclear programme. In truth, however, the programme hasn't been stopped but just slowed down. ... Since Iran rejects international monitoring of the military part of its nuclear programme while at the same time working intensively on a long-range missile, it's not surprising that Israel - and possibly also Saudi Arabia and other Sunni states in the region - are very nervous indeed. ... Certainly, Netanyahu's words of warning to Congress were somewhat infelicitous. However the dangers he sought to evoke are very real."

Mladá fronta dnes - Czech Republic | 29/04/2011

Hamas must rethink its ideology

The Palestinian peace deal is rendered problematic above all by Hamas' radical ideology, writes the liberal daily Mladá fronta Dnes: "Already Israel is saying that a Palestinian leadership with potentially violent radicals is unacceptable. Worries are rife in the West over the fate of the Palestinian government. If it comes under the partial control of Hamas - which many Western states view as a terrorist organisation - that could render cooperation even more difficult. As things stand it is to be expected that part of the substantial aid money provided by the West to the Palestinians will end up in Hamas' coffers. If the Palestinians want the West to respect their representatives, Hamas must rethink its ideology from the ground up, a step Hamas has yet to announce."

Hospodářské noviny - Czech Republic | 14/02/2011

Uncertain times

Egyptians expect thoroughgoing political and economic reforms in their euphoria after the departure of President Hosni Mubarak, the business paper Hospodářské noviny writes, but doubts this will happen with the army in control: "The fact that no clear leadership personality emerged during the more than two weeks of mass protests could make the situation much more complicated. Mubarak has put the leadership of the country in the hands of the army, which called on the demonstrators to go back home. ... Should the army remain the decisive element, radical change is not to be expected in either domestic or foreign policy. But it's a moot point if the people who called for change on Tahrir Square will accept such a scenario."

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