Kofi Annan and Bashar Assad meeting in Damascus. (Photo: Reuters)
Forging a peace plan for Syria
In an opinion piece for the Washington Post, Kofi Annan calls on the world to intervene with both sides in the Syria conflict
There is no substitute for the hard work of helping the Syrians forge their own political future, in full respect of Syria’s sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity. The international community has long agreed that any transition must be led by Syrians. We must come together to help the Syrian people embrace and achieve this future through peaceful means.
Israel’s New Politics and the Fate of Palestine
Across the political spectrum, Israel has opted to adopt neither a one-state nor a two-state solution when it comes to the conflict with the Palestinians, writes Akiva Eldar in the National Interest, and is instead implementing its own policy of status quo.
Since Israel refuses to undertake any commitment to freeze settlement, it uses the interim phases, whose purpose was to advance toward a two-state solution, to create obstacles that would impede a fair, agreed-upon partition of the territory. In the decade following the Oslo accords from 1993 to 2003, the number of West Bank settlers doubled, from 110,000 to 224,000 (not including East Jerusalem). Since then, the figure has risen to more than 340,000.
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