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Defiance Won't Help Israel
Even if defiance has any limits, Israel doesn't. Tel Aviv's plan, leaked on Oct. 16, to create 238 new colonies for Jewish settlers in East Jerusalem is merely an indication of its disregard and contempt for world public opinion, said a UAE paper.

"This comes at a time when the Palestinians and the world at large were hoping Israel would renew its partial ban on illegal settlement on the Occupied territories.

Moreover, the gesture on the part of the 22-member Arab League to give a month's time to revive peace talks and enable Israel to officially extend the moratorium on constructions doesn't seem to be working. Israel is apparently in no mood to oblige, thus exposing the volatile region to chaos and uncertainty", commented Khaleej Times in its today's editorial.

It would be futile, moreover, to expect the honest brokers such as the European Union and the United States to make the difference felt, as their positions have increasingly been marginalised. Washington's influence over Tel Aviv seems to be an episode of yesteryears. Nobel Peace laureate and US President Barack Obama seems to have been pushed to an embarrassing situation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu openly making a mockery of the diplomatic efforts in the region. This cannot and should not be allowed to go on, it added.

"Renewal of construction activities on Palestinian territories will bolster radical elements in Gaza and the West Bank, resultantly eroding the influence of the Palestinian Authority. President Mahmoud Abbas and his cabinet are already in a tight corner, with their failure to make inroads in the peace process. Perhaps, this is what Israel wants in order to further its militaristic designs in the region by taking on forces like Hamas and Hezbollah on an upfront basis.

The onus, thus, is on the West and the US to help make peace, and that cannot be achieved until and unless Israel is forced to bent backward. It's high time Israel saw an opportunity in the Arab leadership exercising patience, and not to test its limits by going berserk", the paper concluded.






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