Editorial summary of Gaza conflict

The following is a summary of editorials in Norwegian media regarding the latest flare-up in Gaza

Gaza conflict

Meltwater has 353 hits on this, mainly concerning what has now become a ceasefire.

Verdens Gang writes on the Gaza ceasefire in its editorial, in full:

Yesterday demonstrated in a dramatic manner how the Middle East is balancing on a knife’s edge, between peace and hope. This day started with violence and terrorism.  A bomb exploded in a Tel Aviv bus, Israeli bombing of targets in Gaza continued in undiminished force throughout the day, militant Palestinians continued launching rockets at Israel. In the evening a cease fire deal came in force, announced in Egypt by the Egyptian Foreign Minister and the American Secretary of State.

The night, and the coming days, will show whether this deal will hold. Both parties must show responsibility, avoiding provocations releasing renewed attacks. One might easily turn into a cynic, taking former deals over ceasefires into account. The story about brokering for peace in the Middle East is the story of lost opportunities.

By now, it has appeared darker than for a long period of time. Hardly anybody speaks of an extensive peace accord anymore, based on the Two State principle. At times the war flares up, followed by a cease fire, soon to be broken. The parties are on a dangerous road, unable to correct their courses. In the last days, it has been demonstrated that they are in need of aid. Exits exist. It is up to USA and Egypt to point to these exits.

Recently elected Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi may exert great influence upon Hamas, as Obama influences Israel. Hamas is close to the MB, USA is Israel’s most important ally. Obama is able to show greater commitment in his second presidency. Qatar and Turkey, having good relations to both USA and the Palestinians can contribute with more. Egypt and USA have been in a close top level dialogue in their efforts over a cease fire. This is very promising. A sincere and constructive cooperation between the new leadership of Egypt and USA might be the key to progress. A cease fire accord is in place. Work should be intensified over a new peace accord. No one harbors illusions over the next steps being simple. However, fighting brushfires is not enough anymore.

TWO WARS

Dagens Næringsliv 2012 11 22, Editorial

There are differences between humans and countries in the Middle East. On a daily basis, approximately as many people are killed in Syria, as have been killed in last week’s bombardment of Gaza. Some 40 000 people have been killed since the Syrian rebellion against the Assad regime commenced in March of last year, about half of these victims to the regime’s atrocities towards civilians. Hundreds of thousands are fleeing.

Never the less, Gaza is on top of the agenda to the international newscasts, and the agenda of the politicians. Anti-Israeli demonstrators crowd the streets. The UNSC has authored 79 resolutions criticizing Israel. The council has never agreed upon a resolution criticizing the Assad dynasty in Syria, in spite of being responsible over two of the bloodiest atrocities in recent history: The Hama massacre in 1982, with some 20 000 dead; and the massive atrocities towards its own population through the last year.

There are some obvious explanations for the differences. International media’s access to Israel and Gaza is widely different to that of Syria; suffering is easier to document. The commitment against Israel by the international left wing is part of the explanation. The most important however, is that the Israeli-Palestinian (conflict) touches upon the regional and global power games to a very different degree.

The Hamas regime in Gaza is mainly being armed through Iran; at present Israel’s and USAs major concern in the region. Democratically elected governments in Tunisia, Egypt and Turkey has backed up the Hamas regime politically; thereby giving them a legitimacy formerly lacking. Meanwhile, a central political player like Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi has interests in the conflict not escalating. Having a background in the MB, he is politically close to Hamas. Meanwhile, Egypt is totally dependent on US fiscal aid, as well as the IMF, aid which may disappear if he acts in a manner threatening the 1979 peace accords with Israel.

All this, plus the fact the Israeli government, contrary to that of the Assad regime, has a democratic opposition and vested interests in its international reputation, contributed towards what appears to become a ceasefire.

A ceasefire will solve no basic problems in this conflict; however, a bloody conflict on the ground may be avoided.

This, contrary to Syria, a few miles to the north. There, murders, atrocities and suffering go on; without any visible end.

THE FRAGILE JUBILATION

Verdens Gang 2012 11 22 p 16, 17, Nilas Johnsen/Erlend Skevik

Summary.

Gazans celebrate cease fire; Israelis puts little faith in it.

AMERICAN COPYING

Verdens Gang 2012 11 22 p 44, Erling Folkvord

Summary.

Former leader of Marxist party is angry with the Norwegian MFA over supporting Israel’s right to self-defense.

 

THE PALESTINIAN FALL

Dagbladet 2012 11 22 p 3, Linn Kongsli Lundervold

Summary.

Speculations over the effects of the Arab spring on Arab support for the Palestinian cause.

QUIET NIGHT-FRAGILE PEACE

Dagbladet 2012 11 22 p 22, 23, Arne Lepidus

Summary.

On the cease fire, Lepidus reports from Sderot, having had to flee for shelter due to rocket attacks after cease fire came into effect. 

 

CELEBRATED CEASE FIRE LIKE A VICTORY

Aftenposten 2012 22 22 p 17, Jørgen Lohne

Summary.

Gaza people celebrate cease fire like a victory, fire guns into air, at least one civilian killed by stray fire from celebration. Islamic Jihad stated to have accepted cease fire.

NEW ROLE IN OLD CONFLICT

Aftenposten 2012 11 22 p 3, Per Kristian Haugen

Summary.

Hamas has strengthened its position through being closely affiliated to new Egyptian regime, though it may have distanced itself somewhat from Syria and Iran. Abbas weakened, yet remain partner for Israel. Israelis feel more exposed than for a long time- and for good reasons.

GAZA COULD SLEEP IN PEACE TONIGHT

Aftenposten 2012 11 22, Jørgen Lohne

Summary.

Israel respect cease fire, more than 20 rockets fires at Israel after cease fire, though sources in Gaza denies this.

LITTLE HOPE OVER CEASE FIRE

Dagsavisen 2012 11 22 p 20, 21, Mats Rønning

Summary.

Experts have little faith in a long lasting cease fire.

NOBODY TALKS OF LASTING PEACE

Vårt Land 2012 11 22 p 8, Pernille Burud

Summary.

Israeli analysts have little faith in lasting peace with Hamas.

BELIEVE HAMAS WISHES FOR WAR ON GROUND

Vårt Land 2012 11 22, Astrid Dalehaug Norheim

Summary.

Tel Aviv bomb might have been ruse to provoke Israelis to evade Gaza on ground, in order to take on role as victim.

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