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Mid-East conflict flares up anew

Just after the fiercest escalation the Gaza conflict has seen in years, the UN upgraded Palestine, making it an observer state. Israel responded by announcing the construction of further settlements. What does this portend for the peace process?

Kaleva - Finland | Thursday, 24. January 2013

Israelis punish hawkish Netanyahu

The surprising election success of the liberal party Yesh Atid will mean Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will have to show greater willingness to negotiate with the Palestinians and Iran, the liberal daily Kaleva predicts: » more

Die Tageszeitung taz - Germany | Wednesday, 23. January 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: » more

Jyllands-Posten - Denmark | Monday, 21. January 2013

Netanyahu would block peace process

Parliamentary elections will take place in Israel on Tuesday, which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's religious right-wing camp looks set to win. But such a result would be bad for the peace process, warns the liberal-conservative daily Jyllands-Posten: » more

Trouw - Netherlands | Friday, 30. November 2012

Palestinians now bear more responsibility

Palestine's upgrade to the status of observer state is a move in the right direction, but in future the Palestinians must refrain from all aggression against Israel, the Christian-social daily Trouw warns: » more

Blog Aktuálně.cz - Czech Republic | Friday, 30. November 2012

Symbolic progress in the Middle East

The Czech Republic was one of the nine states that rejected Palestine' elevation to the status of an observer state at the UN General Assembly. For his part Šádí Shanaáh, a Czech-Palestinian political scientist who lives in Prague, welcomes the decision made by the great majority of international community: » more

Die Presse - Austria | Friday, 30. November 2012

Austrian neutrality would have been better

Days ahead of the vote at the UN General Assembly Austria had made it clear that it would support the Palestinian bid. In view of the country's historical responsibility such a clear-cut position was inappropriate, the liberal-conservative daily Die Presse warns: » more

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Friday, 30. November 2012

UN vote strengthens moderate Palestinians

The result of the vote is a step in the direction of peace, the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung writes in satisfaction: » more

Corriere della Sera - Italy | Thursday, 29. November 2012

Europe again unable to find common stance

The EU member states will presumably each make their own decision on Palestine's future status at the UN General Assembly. This means the EU will miss yet another opportunity to act jointly as a community, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera laments: » more

Jyllands-Posten - Denmark | Thursday, 29. November 2012

Approval would not bring peace

Denmark has announced that it will vote in favour of boosting Palestine's status at the UN General Assembly today. But according to the liberal daily Jyllands-Posten, UN "observer state" status for Palestine wouldn't further the cause of a two-state solution. The newspaper calls on the government to abstain from voting: » more

Libération - France | Wednesday, 28. November 2012

Rejection would strengthen extremists

The European countries and the US should agree to Abbas' bid for a status upgrade because this would strengthen the moderate forces in Palestine, the left-liberal daily Libération writes: » more

La Vanguardia - Spain | Thursday, 29. November 2012

A true chance after 65 years of conflict

UN recognition of Palestine could serve to jump-start the interrupted peace process, the liberal daily La Vanguardia hopes, recalling the splitting up of the region 65 years ago: » more

Die Welt - Germany | Wednesday, 28. November 2012

The West must stop autocratic Mursi

Hundreds of thousands of protesters have been demonstrating against President Mursi on Cairo's Tahrir Square since Tuesday, and one man has been killed in clashes with the police. The West must help curb Mursi's authoritarian tendencies, the conservative daily Die Welt demands: » more

Dagens Nyheter - Sweden | Wednesday, 28. November 2012

New status for Palestine no solution

The President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas will apply for the position of non-member "observer state" for Palestine at the UN General Assembly on Thursday. This would mean the Palestinians would for the first time attain the official status of a state. But this new status would hardly contribute to resolving the conflict in the Middle East, the liberal daily Dagens Nyheter notes: » more

Kurier - Austria | Monday, 26. November 2012

The US will even back autocratic Mursi

Protests against Mohammed Mursi spread in Egypt over the weekend. On Wednesday the president passed several decrees making his decisions legally unassailable. The opposition will not be able to achieve much here, the liberal daily Kurier fears, particularly since the US is giving Mursi its support: » more

La Vanguardia - Spain | Friday, 23. November 2012

Mursi and Obama better than Mubarak and Bush

Egypt and the US played a significant role in mediating the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas that began on Wednesday night. The liberal daily La Vanguardia hopes that the diplomatic signals will be more propitious than in the past: » more

Der Standard - Austria | Friday, 23. November 2012

Hamas the winner of the ceasefire

The ceasefire negotiated between Israel and the radical Islamic Hamas group by Egypt and the US was for the most part adhered to on Thursday. Above all Hamas benefits from the agreement, the left-liberal daily Der Standard notes: » more

La Repubblica - Italy | Thursday, 22. November 2012

Clinton gets her way in Gaza conflict

After eight days of intense fighting Israel and Hamas agreed on a ceasefire on Wednesday. This is above all thanks to the efforts of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the left-liberal daily La Repubblica notes with admiration: » more

Le Temps - Switzerland | Wednesday, 21. November 2012

Why the US doesn't want to intervene

Sent to the Middle East to act as a mediator in the Gaza conflict, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for an long-term solution to the problem on Tuesday evening in Jerusalem. The US has little interest in become actively involved in conflicts in the Middle East, the Swiss political scientist Shahram Chubin writes in the liberal daily Le Temps, explaining why: » more

Jyllands-Posten - Denmark | Wednesday, 21. November 2012

The West must back Israel

The West has a duty to support Israel now, the liberal-conservative daily Jyllands-Posten argues: » more

Público - Portugal | Wednesday, 21. November 2012

A truce doesn't mean peace

One shouldn't expect too much of a potential ceasefire, the liberal daily Público warns, pointing out that both Israel and Hamas stand to gain from the conflict: » more

Dagens Nyheter - Sweden | Tuesday, 20. November 2012

Egypt must prove itself in Gaza conflict

The military confrontations between Israel and the Gaza Strip continued unabated on Monday. The liberal daily Dagens Nyheter hopes Egypt will take on a mediating role: » more

Sme - Slovakia | Tuesday, 20. November 2012

Israel has no good options

The EU foreign ministers jointly demanded a swift ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip on Monday. Several ministers strongly criticised the militant Palestinian organisation and called on it to immediately end its shelling of Israel. The liberal daily Sme stresses that all the options open to Israel in reacting to the bombardment are bad: » more

Spiegel Online - Germany | Monday, 19. November 2012

Cities must be taboo for generals

Only genuine political negotiations can resolve the crisis between Israel and Palestine, the Israeli journalist Tom Segev writes in the news magazine Der Spiegel, harshly condemning the mutual attacks: » more

De Telegraaf - Netherlands | Monday, 19. November 2012

Hamas committing war crimes

As a result of its intensified air strikes against Gaza, a growing number of countries are calling on Israel to prevent an escalation. But this is distorting reality, the conservative tabloid De Telegraaf writes: » more

Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | Monday, 19. November 2012

Israel missing historical opportunity

The Arab Spring has long since come to Palestine, but instead of reacting appropriately Israel is missing a historic opportunity, the liberal Tages-Anzeiger writes: » more

Magyar Nemzet - Hungary | Monday, 19. November 2012

Peace a distant prospect in the Middle East

If peace has become an increasingly remote possibility in the Middle East, it's because both the Israelis and the radical Islamic Hamas had longed for war, the conservative daily Magyar Nemzet writes: » more

Le Monde - France | Thursday, 15. November 2012

Europe disgraced in Middle East conflict

The Israeli airforce continued its attacks on targets in the Gaza Strip this moring. The West's naivity and indifference in the Middle East conflict are a disgrace, the left-liberal daily Le Monde writes: » more

Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Friday, 16. November 2012

Critics of Israel are hypocritical

Israeli media report that the country is preparing a ground offensive in Gaza. The blame for the escalation lies clearly with Hamas, the conservative daily Lidové noviny writes, calling on Europe to stand firmly behind Israel: » more

La Stampa - Italy | Thursday, 15. November 2012

Israel's PM escalates Middle East conflict

For the second day in a row Israel launched attacks against the installations of the radical Islamist Hamas group in the Gaza Strip today, Thursday. Hamas has now announced it will retaliate. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will stop at nothing to win the parliamentary elections in January, the liberal daily La Stampa writes in outrage: » more

Les Dernières Nouvelles d'Alsace - France | Thursday, 8. November 2012

Obama must earn his Nobel Peace Prize

The people of the US have been far less enthusiastic in celebrating Obama's electoral victory than in 2008. The best way to restore the country's battered self-confidence is to strive for new diplomatic successes, the daily Les Dernières Nouvelles d'Alsace writes: » more

Libération - France | Friday, 2. November 2012

Fight Netanyahu's radicalisation

French President François Hollande and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commemorated on Thursday in Tolouse the attack in March in which a radical islamist killed three soldiers as well as three children and a teacher at a Jewish school. The left-liberal daily Libération applauds the ceremony but warns that the international community should try to hold Netanyahu to a moderate line: » more

Der Tagesspiegel - Germany | Thursday, 11. October 2012

Turkey playing with fire

After Turkish fighter jets forced a Syrian passenger plane to land in Ankara, tensions between the two countries have mounted. According to the Turkish Foreign Ministry the plane, which was flying from Moscow, was carrying military supplies. Syria's Transport Ministry has denied the claims and accused Turkey of "air piracy". Turkey's approach is extremely risky, the left-liberal daily Tagesspiegel warns: » more


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