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Israeli policy a huge obstacle to peace

Ongoing Gulf crisis and Palestine were the topics that dominated headlines this week

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Israeli border police officers stand near the Dome of the Rock Mosque in the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City Thursday, July 27, 2017. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered police reinforcements deployed to Jerusalem following clashes at a flashpoint holy site. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)
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Two months have passed, and the Qatari regime is like a trapped rat that has been left with no options, wrote the UAE’s Al Bayan. “Two months of stubbornness, arrogance and false accusations, and 60 days of economic suffering have not deterred Qatar from continuing its support for different forms of terrorism in the Arab world and beyond. Qatar cannot stop feeding the beasts that it has been feeding for many years, because once it does stop, the beasts will feast on it. This is the situation that the Qatari regime finds itself in. It placed its bets on supporting terrorism while under the illusion that this will make it a regime that is feared among other countries. In these 60 days, Qatar was given many opportunities by its Arab neighbours to return to reason and the embrace of Arab nations. But it decided to remain oblivious and continue on its path of tyranny and misguidedness,” the paper said.

Doha putting its entire weight behind Iran’s embrace is once again proof of Qatar’s deep involvement in terrorism, said Saudi Arabia’s Al Yaum. “Most countries around the world categorise Iran among terrorist nations and call for others not to deal with it, but Qatar’s politicians insist on going against that grain by betting on Tehran. Since the Gulf crisis began, relations between Qatar and Iran have grown stronger, with Iran achieving a new goal in its regional expansion plans by alienating another Arab capital. Instead of Doha returning to reason, it chose to cooperate with Tehran, who is hostile against the region’s people, the Gulf Cooperation Council and other countries around the world.”

Land grab

Israel’s colonisation movement and its grabbing of Palestinian lands have not stopped, but, rather, has increased ever since Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came to power, said the UAE’s Al Khaleej. “The colonisation of Palestinian lands during the past few months has been rapidly growing, particularly after the United Nations (UN) Security Council issued the historic resolution to halt the building of colonies on December 2016. The international community is well aware that plans to expand the building of colonies, which violate resolutions issued decades ago, is a huge obstacle towards peace. Israel is further encouraged to expand the colonisation of Palestinian lands as it takes advantage of the division among Palestinian ranks. The division among Palestinian national factions during the past few years has led to an internal rivalry and expanded the gap between the Palestinian National Authority and Hamas, to the extent that holding elections is no longer possible due to this division,” the paper observed.

With the famed peace process no more than just a distant memory, the Palestinians have been at a crossroads for years, with the Israelis, the Americans, Arab countries, the UN and international community ignoring their plight or piling up more pressure on them to force them into even more concessions, wrote Lebanon’s Daily Star. “The building of Israeli colonies on sequestrated Arab land continues unabated with the tacit support of the right-wing government of Netanyahu. Only last week, he boasted that no other government did as much for [colonising] Jews on grabbed land.”