We need leaders in Israel and Palestine committed to peace

2014-07-16 07:49

Members of the Jewish Faith standing in Support with Gaza

We need leaders in Israel and Palestine committed to strive and achieve peace in the Middle East. The current leadership in both countries are compromised and therefore are ruled out.

The world is looking forward to another Nelson Mandela, Mangosuthu Buthelezi and FW De Klerk in the Middle East who are committed to peace.

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Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has been the one lonely voice towards this end but politicians habitually discredited him, as no doubt many of readers of my blog would me as well.The world will remember Noble Peace Laureate Yitzhak Rabin, a brave man who was assassinated by Yigal Aamir after he dared agree to wage peace with Yassar Arafat. With his assassination the peace process died.

With the international community (please don't mention the UN) partisan in its approach, we also need ( no not another ethically and morally compromised quartet) an international group of eminent persons (lets leave politicians out of this one) who would be briefed by a body set up by, say a philanthropic oriented organisation ( just a thought),to set up a process very akin to the TRC in order to bring about the divergent groups together under threat of international sanctions if they, that is leaders from Israel and Palestine, dither or stall.

I am certain that this is worth to be given a shot as we are fast running out of options and to avert another disaster of an event like 911 (USA) and 28/7 (UK) which we can avoid provided there are genuine efforts made at striving towards a peace.

You reading this, lets find common purpose without the blame game and incriminations that only chill discussions to find the way forward. Lets brain storm viable,alternatively workable, ideas and put these out for consideration.

Yes, we can.I have the will to do this. Do you?

Zareef Minty: This isnt a religious or political issue anymore, it is a humanitarian issue

The media has a role to play as well. Noticeably it has either been silent or partisan in its coverage of the present bout of mayhem in Gaza and this too contributes towards the public getting an imbalanced report of who is doing what to whom etc. Readers to my blog, whose traditional vitriol against what I had posted about the media being complicit in the Gaza genocide, is a testament to how far we have to travel. But, lets do this.

Join me for I believe this is an opportunity that even his eminence Pope Francis has not disregarded and is working towards.

Yes we need leaders committed towards peace in the Middle East and the world need to create a climate for the emergence of such a rare breed.

It starts with you and I.

Saber Ahmed Jazbhay

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