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Blog Aktuálně.cz - Czech Republic | Friday, November 30, 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: "President Abbas needs all the support he can get, even if only symbolic, to show the Palestinians that a conciliatory stance makes sense. Hamas, which rules in Gaza, remains determined to sabotage the whole peace process. The same goes for the Israeli hawks led by Prime Minister Netanyahu. ... Abbas' diplomatic initiative can be seen as an opportunity to avert a disaster in the Middle East. As an opportunity for the global community to negotiate as long as there is still something to negotiate instead of just waiting. This is also in the interests of the peace-loving Israeli politicians like ex-prime minister Olmert, who are aware that peace can demand painful compromises."

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