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Trouw - Netherlands | Friday, November 30, 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: "The fact that since 1948 there has been a Jewish but not a Palestinian state is not just an injustice but also one of the factors preventing peace. The imbalance between the two parties encourages a dangerous victor mentality in Israel. ... Under pressure from his right-wing liberal coalition partner [Dutch Foreign Minister] Timmermans opted for a stance that isolates the Netherlands from most other European countries [for abstention]. ... The great majority of the UN member states recognise Palestine as a state and call on Israel to sign a peace agreement with this state. The message also has another side to it: the recognition of Palestinian rights entails a responsibility. There is no longer room for violence against Israel in the new UN 'observer state'."

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