Palestinian, Israeli diplomats in China blame each other for Gaza conflicts
www.chinaview.cn 2009-01-05 18:17:18   Print

Special report: Palestine-Israel Conflicts 

    By Lin Li, Yao Siyan

°§Escalating Palestine-Israel conflicts are triggered by Israel,  said a Palestinian envoy.
°§While an Israeli diplomat accused the Hamas of causing the on-going Gaza conflicts.
°§Palestinian envoy praised the Arab Peace Initiative as an ideal way towards the peace.

    BEIJING, Jan. 5 (Xinhuanet) -- The escalating Palestine-Israel conflicts are triggered by Israel and the international community should put more pressure on Israel to settle the longtime conflicts, said a Palestinian envoy Monday in Beijing, while an Israeli diplomat accused the Hamas of causing the on-going Gaza conflicts.

Ahmad K. Mussa (L), Minister Counsellor of the Palestinian Embassy to China, talks with the Xinhuanet editor Li Baodong during an interview in Beijing on Monday afternoon, Jan. 5, 2009.(Xinhuanet Photo)
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    In an exclusive interview with the Xinhuanet, the online news service of the Xinhua News Agency, Ahmad K. Mussa, Minister Counsellor of the Palestinian Embassy in Beijing said the fact that Israel failed to lift its blockade on the Gaza Strip under a deal reached by the two sides last June has triggered the conflicts.

    "Under the agreement, Israel should have changed its previous policy. It not only failed to do so, but also intensify the blockage, preventing Gazans from access to food, fuel and medicines." Mussa said.

    Meanwhile, Amos Nadai, Ambassador of Israel to China, in a separate interview, said that the Hamas should be responsible for the conflicts, and that the current operation of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) only aimed to destroy military targets of Hamas.

Amos Nadai (L), Ambassador of Israel to China, talks with the Xinhuanet editor Li Baodong during an interview in Beijing on Monday afternoon, Jan. 5, 2009.(Xinhuanet Photo)
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    "The aim of the operation of the IDF is to end military activities of Hamas but not to target against the Palestinian people, nor the population of Gaza," said Nadai.

    Israel began airstrikes against Hamas-controlled Gaza on Dec. 27 and carried out a ground operation on Jan. 3, 2009, leaving 514 people killed and thousands wounded.

    The Palestinian envoy also blamed Israel for being "the only country in the world not to comply with UN resolutions" and urged that pressure should be imposed on Israel to realize Middle East process at an earlier date.

    Responding to the remarks made by the U.S. President-elect Barack Obama, in which Obama encouraged Israel and Palestine to continue peace talks, Ahmad K. Mussa said that the peace talks "could last for 50 years" without any practical results if no super power put pressure on Israel.

    Whereas the Israeli ambassador said that during the past eight years, southern Israelis have been living under the shadow of rocket attacks from the Hamas militants in Gaza Strip, Nadai said that the Israeli government is determined to destroy Hamas terror infrastructure in order to bring a safe environment to both southern Israelis and Palestinians in Gaza.

    Nadai agreed that the current "Israeli operation has harmed some civilians in Gaza," but adding "the international community should press more on the Hamas to end the conflict, not only on Israel."

    When asked about the best solution for the conflict, the Israeli envoy said," Over the past 10 years, we have been discussing with the Palestinians about how to solve this problem. Our idea is very clear that there are two countries, one is the State of Israel, and the other is a Palestinian state, and the State of Israel and the Palestinian state can co-exist, which is recognized by both sides. We need to do more on the peace process."

    "For us, peace is our strategic option, because it serves our interests. Then we can live peacefully with our neighbors, we hope to achieve this goal as soon as possible," Nadai added.

Smokes rise following an Israeli airstrike on an area known to have smuggling tunnels in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip on the border with Egypt, Jan. 3, 2009. The Israel Defense Forces Saturday evening began its ground incursion into the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, vowing to destroy "terror infrastructure" of Hamas. And more than 450 Palestinians has been killed and some 2,300 wounded during Israeli ongoing intensive airstrikes since Dec. 27, 2008.

Smokes rise following an Israeli airstrike on an area known to have smuggling tunnels in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip on the border with Egypt, Jan. 3, 2009.(Xinhua Photo)
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    Answering the same question, Mussa praised the Arab Peace Initiative, adopted by 14th Arab summit held in Beirut in March 2002, as an ideal way towards peace among many other recommendations on the settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Israel so far has not declared whether it will accept this initiative.

    The Arab Peace Initiative is a proposed solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict as a whole, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in particular. Its main contents include full Israeli withdrawal from all the territories occupied since 1967, a just solution to the Palestinian refugee problem and the acceptance of the establishment of a sovereign independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.

    After the above-mentioned conditions have been met, the Arab countries will enter into a peace agreement with Israel, establish normal relations with Israel in the context of this comprehensive peace and provide security for all the states of the region, according to the peace initiative.

Dozens of Israeli tanks enter Gaza City

    GAZA, Jan. 5 (Xinhua) -- Dozens of Israeli tanks on Monday entered Zayton neighborhood in Gaza City, exchanging fire fiercely with Hamas militants, local witness said. Full story

Israeli ground operation, airstrikes continue, 514 killed

    GAZA, Jan. 4 (Xinhua) -- Israel on Sunday intensified strikes on the Gaza Strip for the ninth consecutive day, a day after its army carried out a large-scale ground operation into the enclave, leaving 514 people killed since Dec. 27.

    Israeli warplanes struck by missiles dozens of targets into Gaza on Sunday as columns of tanks rolled deep into the enclave on Saturday night, cutting it into two separate areas, Hamas local Radio Station al-Aqsa Radio said. Full story

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    JERUSALEM, Jan. 4 (Xinhua) -- As Israeli ground troops fight their way in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, various signs indicate that the government and army have to accomplish a substantial achievement in what Prime Minister Ehud Olmert called an "unavoidable" incursion.

    Under the cover of artillery and aerial fire, Israeli tanks rumbled into the coastal area on Saturday night with infantry troops, combat engineers and intelligence units, escalating the so-called Operation Cast Lead to its second phase in Israel's blistering efforts to end the continuing rocket fire from the Palestinian enclave. Full story

Israeli DM: Gaza operation aimed at changing security situation in S Israel

    JERUSALEM, Jan. 5 (Xinhua) -- The aim of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Cast Lead Operation in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip was to change the political and security situation in south Israel, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Monday.

    "We are striving for a new reality in which there won't be activity from Gaza against Israeli civilians or our soldiers, a situation which will dramatically change the state of smuggling and in which quiet will prevail in the south," said the defense minister. Full story

Three Palestinian paramedics killed by airstrike in Gaza

Smokes rise following an Israeli airstrike on an area known to have smuggling tunnels in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip on the border with Egypt, Jan. 3, 2009. The Israel Defense Forces Saturday evening began its ground incursion into the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, vowing to destroy "terror infrastructure" of Hamas. And more than 450 Palestinians has been killed and some 2,300 wounded during Israeli ongoing intensive airstrikes since Dec. 27, 2008.

Smokes rise following an Israeli airstrike on an area known to have smuggling tunnels in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip on the border with Egypt, Jan. 3, 2009.(Xinhua Photo)
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    GAZA, Jan. 4 (Xinhua) -- Mo'aweya Hassanein, chief of emergency and ambulance services in the Palestinian Health Ministry, said that three more Palestinian paramedics were killed by Israeli airstrike on Sunday evening.

    Hassanein said the three were rescuing the injured inside a house, which was damaged in southern Gaza City, where another airstrike took place, killing the paramedics. Full story

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    RABAT, Jan. 4 (Xinhua) -- Scores of thousands of Moroccans took to the streets on Sunday in the capital Rabat to condemn the Israeli "barbarous" offensive on Gaza, and denounce the Arab and international silence.

    There were fifty thousands according to police figures, and far more according to organizers, to take to Rabat's main streets and strongly denounce the Israeli raids, and call for the immediate halt of the offensive.  Full story

Erekat: Israel is burying the peace process

    RAMALLAH, Jan. 4 (Xinhua) -- Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekaton Sunday accused Israel that it is burying the peace process after it enlarged military operations in the Gaza Strip and killed more than 500 Palestinians.

    "The Israeli government is burying the peace process by escalating its military actions in the Gaza Strip," Erekat said in a statement sent to the press hours after Israel launched a ground operation into Gaza on Saturday night.  Full story

Israel' Barak says Gaza operation not to be short, easy 

    JERUSALEM, Jan. 3 (Xinhua) -- Israel Defense Forces (IDF) operation against Palestinian militants in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip will be neither short nor easy, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Saturday evening.

    Barak made the remarks while addressing the nation in a special televised press conference following the launch of the IDF ground incursion. Full story

Editor: Lin Li
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