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Die Tageszeitung taz - Germany | 19/08/2014

Take the conflict parties in Gaza to task

Hamas once again fired missiles at Israel on Tuesday, before the extended ceasefire officially ended. Israel retaliated with airstrikes and pulled its delegation out of the Cairo truce talks. The negotiations will remain fruitless as long as the violence continues, the left-leaning daily taz writes, and criticises Palestinian support for Hamas: "The Palestinians bear the greatest responsibility for their fate, because they were the ones who elected Hamas. And worse still, today the Islamists enjoy widespread support in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. ... Hamas no more came into being overnight than the Gaza blockade is a product of a Zionist persecution complex. There are good reasons for Israel blocking maritime access and only opening the borders to travellers under exceptional circumstances. And the same goes for Egypt's blockade. Yes, the blockade must come to an end. But it's not too much to demand that the violence should cease."

Die Tageszeitung taz - Germany | 23/01/2013

Israeli centre party not for peace either

The new liberal Yesh Atid (There is a Future) party under former TV presenter Yair Lapid came a surprising second in Israel's parliamentary elections. Despite this strong showing for the centre party, the left-leaning daily taz sees no hope for peace negotiations with the Palestinians: "Lapid, who has no foreign policy programme on the Palestinians, Iran or Syria, positions himself slightly to the right. It's no coincidence that he kicked off his election campaign in the West Bank settlement of Ariel. Concessions to the Palestinians are not a priority for him, since he prefers to concentrate his efforts as a strong coalition partner on countering the ultra-Orthodox conservatives. ... But Lapid's second place has only apparently slowed the shift to the right in Israel. At the end of the day, the right-wing parties that openly or covertly reject the two-state solution achieved a clear points victory. Neither peace nor an end to the settlement policy is in sight. All we can expect is more settlers moving into the West Bank and settling on Palestinian land."

Die Tageszeitung taz - Germany | 04/08/2010

UN commission to limit damage to Israel's image

After weeks of resistance, Israel has agreed to a UN investigation of the attack on the Gaza aid flotilla. It's a good decision, says the left-wing daily die tageszeitung, but it was the result of heavy pressure: "The international isolation, pressure from the White House and fear of another damaging report. ... The Goldstone Report after the Gaza war was devastating for the reputation of the state. The team under UN mandate reported about war crimes and even crimes against humanity. Israel's involvement in the investigation could have limited the damage. To completely reject it was pointless from the start, since crimes were committed. Nor will the UN commission whose task it is to find out what led to the killing of the nine pro-Palestinian activists cleanse Israel's image. ... There reportedly will be one Israeli and one Turk on the UN commission. Side by side, the two countries are showing their intentions to unearth their mistakes and learn from them."

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