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Editorial: The Gaza trap

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Tue, February 5 2008   /  11:45 am

The short-lived opening of the border between the Gaza Strip and Egypt shows it is very unrealistic for Hamas to maintain its policy of destruction against Israel. For Israel it is similarly absurd to demand that Hamas recognizes Israel and ceases terrorists activities when Israel refuses to grant any concessions to Hamas and launches its own terrorist acts against the Palestinians. The international community, including Indonesia, should do more to, at least, minimize the suffering of the Palestinians from prolonged oppression by both Israeli and Palestinian leaders. At the same time Israeli people also have the right to have their own state and to be free from any terrorist acts by their enemies. But outside Israel, especially among developing countries and predominantly Muslim nations, there is a strong perception that Israel is a genius at portraying itself as the victim of te...