Conference for Palestine
After years of negligence, the Palestinians are back on the world agenda. An international gathering, which starts today in London, raises hopes that this newfound attention will be maintained.
Over the past four years, the Palestinians have been the target of an open Israeli war, which has made their life hell. Israel's oppressive military machine has reduced the bulk of Palestinian institutions in all walks of life to ruins. Human casualties have been high among the Palestinians. The Jewish state must be pressured into avoiding the exploitation of any isolated incident to wreak more devastation on the Palestinians and wriggle out of its peace commitments. This is a task for the United States -- Israel's key ally -- to undertake to the hilt.
It should be clear for other major powers that helping the Palestinians rebuild their lives will doubtless reinforce their confidence in the possibility of forging a bright future. The London conference is a good chance to outline tangible steps to implement a long-shelved roadmap plan making peace between the Palestinians and Israel. -- Egyptian Gazette, Cairo, Egypt