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WOZ - Die Wochenzeitung - Switzerland | 13/03/2014

Israel and Iran jointly boycotting peace

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Iran last week of trying to send a shipload of weapons recently intercepted by the Israeli army to Hamas. Iran denies any involvement. The left-leaning weekly WOZ accuses the conservative forces in both countries of jeopardising the possibility of pragmatic peace for the sake of retaining their grip on power: "Iran contributed to the problem with its bulk weapons delivery. Israel went on to skilfully exploit the situation for propaganda purposes. The hardliners in both countries win - they benefit on the domestic front at the expense of the future-oriented movements and their own people. In the port of Eilat [when Netanyahu presented the seized weapons shipment] we saw more clearly than ever before how close the Jewish right-wing nationalists can come to the Muslim theocrats. ... It is a silent alliance in which both sides have agreed not to speak with each other and to portray each other as the enemy in order to stay in power."

WOZ - Die Wochenzeitung - Switzerland | 11/07/2013

Good things take time

Egypt must take time in implementing far-reaching and sustained reforms of the system, the left-leaning weekly WOZ recommends, noting that it is "still far from being a true democracy. Achieving this long-term objective depends on whether a majority of Egyptians will ever accept a fundamentally secular state. And also on Egypt abandoning the misconception that democracy means the rule of the majority over the minority. Holding new elections quickly is not a priority here. It is far more important for the country to first agree on institutions that reflect the deep division of its society. Political decentralisation to the point of federalism, for example. And a less authoritarian, parliamentary government system. The revolution is not over, in fact it's back at the beginning again."

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