La paix s’obtient à partir du moment où l’on prend conscience que lorsqu’il y a des récits nationaux en concurrence, il n’y a pas un qui gagne et un qui perd. La paix s’obtient lorsque les deux parties prennent la décision commune de créer un avenir meilleur pour tous. La première fois que je me suis assise à la table des négociations en qualité de négociatrice israélienne en chef aux côtés de mon homologue palestinien, nous avons chacun essayé de convaincre l’autre du bien-fondé historique de nos demandes respectives.
Après des discussions sans fin et des allers-retours entre la Bible et le présent, il est devenu clair que nous ne parviendrions pas à nous mettre d’accord pour déterminer quelle cause était la plus juste.… Seguir leyendo »
There are very few people in the world whose lives align so effortlessly with the birth and being of their homeland. Shimon Peres, who has died at age 93, left an indelible mark on Israel — fighting for its independence, its security, and then, for its peace. It is difficult to imagine Israel’s past without him; it will be even harder to imagine its future.
In my family home, when I was growing up, Mr. Peres represented the “other side.” A man of the left, he was my parents’ political rival, very deeply a part of the Labor Party-dominated establishment that excluded them.… Seguir leyendo »
These are days of momentous change in the Middle East. Courageous thousands have flooded the streets demanding their rights as citizens and as human beings. Calls for democracy – as a system of values that seeks to protect these rights – stem not from some foreign dictate but from an inner hunger for freedom.
Much has been said in recent years about the «clash of civilizations,» about the conflict between extremists and moderates, between coercion and freedom. And yet today, this battle is being waged at least as much within societies as between them.
In the best-case scenario, the wave sweeping across the region will enable democracy to take root in the Arab world – not merely as a government system but as a values system that embraces nonviolence, coexistence, freedom, opportunity and equality.… Seguir leyendo »
In his speech in Cairo yesterday, President Obama acknowledged an important principle: “Elections alone do not make true democracy.” That principle will be tested this weekend when the Lebanese people go to the polls. Many have called for the elections to be free and fair. But few have asked whether this is even possible if Hezbollah — the radical Shiite party with a huge arsenal and a deeply anti-democratic agenda — is viewed as a legitimate participant in the process.
A similar question arose before Hamas’s participation in the 2006 Palestinian Authority elections. Then, as Israeli justice minister, I tried in vain to persuade the international community that to promote democracy it was not enough to focus on the technical conduct of elections, it was necessary to insist that those who sought the benefits of the democratic process accepted its underlying principles as well.… Seguir leyendo »
Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni told Newsweek-The Post’s Lally Weymouth that the conflict in Gaza is not a fight of Israelis against Palestinians but a case in which Israel represents moderates in the region, including the Palestinian Authority. Excerpts:
Q. How do you respond to the pressure for a cease-fire from the international community?
A. I don’t like the term cease-fire since it looks like an agreement between two legitimate sides. At the end of the day, this is not a conflict between two states but a fight against terror. . . . We need to fight in Gaza because they [Hamas] have targeted Israel for eight years.… Seguir leyendo »