The Israel-Palestine conflict – result of diplomatic inaction?

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Israel-Palestine conflict triggered by the Hamas terrorists is a result of diplomatic inaction by the international community, says Peter Ongera,

We are living under the shadow of nuclear war and environmental disasters. The wars in Ukraine and Israel-Palestine are a clear reminder of violence, conflicts, corruption, injustices, exploitation, oppression, mistrust, and a process of dehumanization.

The Israeli Ministry of Intelligence is recommending the forcible and permanent transfer of the Gaza Strip’s 2.2 million Palestinian residents to Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, according to an official document revealed in full for the first time by +972’s partner site Local Call. 

The International community is profoundly concerned with the escalating violence of the ongoing Hamas-Israel war and urge all to support diplomatic efforts toward a humanitarian ceasefire and the release of all hostages.

Human Rights groups condemn the attacks conducted by Hamas terror group on Israeli citizens on October 7 and grieve for the lives lost and injured. The cruelty displayed was heartbreaking and inexcusable and we mourn the loss of innocent civilians.

Israel, as every nation, has a right and a responsibility to defend its citizens. Its current military campaign, however, is becoming increasingly indiscriminate. The deprivation of electricity, water, fuel, and food to the population of the besieged Gaza Strip; the blocking of almost all humanitarian relief efforts; and a bombing campaign that has caused unprecedented casualties is likely to be judged as collective punishment. International humanitarian law must be respected. 

The quote “An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.” was said by Mahatma Gandhi. It reminds that each act of retaliation, instead of making things right, only darkens collective vision, leaving the world blind and bereft of compassion and empathy. Tragedy need not beget further tragedy and add to an already far too long multigenerational cycle of violence and trauma among both Israelis and Palestinians.

The international community must redouble efforts to provide immediate humanitarian relief to the Gaza Strip, secure the release of all hostages, and work to de-escalate mounting tensions within Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories and the wider Middle East that pose a threat to global stability.

The international consensus on a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, based on the principle of national self-determination, is a laudable goal. But, in the last two decades, the international community has hollowed out this consensus, complacently using it as a fig leaf for diplomatic inaction while the situation has festered. This too must change, and recent developments should serve as a wake-up call.

A Palestinian state would be formed in Gaza and the West Bank; Israel would swap chunks of its territory for portions of the West Bank where it has built large settlements. Jerusalem would be divided, with some sort of joint control over the old city.

The World needs to support efforts to reach a peaceful solution to the conflict, based on the fundamental values of support for human rights and desire for Israelis and Palestinians alike to live in safety and dignity. However far off it may seem at this moment, a two-state solution remains the only realistic and viable outcome. 

There is evidence that organisations like The Open Society Foundations have worked in Palestine and Israel since 1999. Their recent report reveals: “Our grant giving has focused on supporting Palestinians and Israelis, alongside their respective civil societies, to find a fair and enduring solution that fulfills the aspirations of both to live in freedom and peace.” 

They support a range of partners around the world that are working toward securing the rights of all who live in the region. This has included funding Israeli and Palestinian organizations that research and document violations of human rights and international humanitarian law; that contribute to international policy analysis and discourse; and that advocate for equality and justice for all.

Author – Peter Ongera

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