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How can the problem of Hamas et al be solved while ensuring peace for Israeli citizens on the border and civic and material improvement for Gaza residents? This was not the first but third major round of hostilities in an area that became in the last 10 years a terrorist stronghold As per the 1995 Oslo II Accord a very clear political standard was to be adhered to — Judea and Samaria (West Bank) and Gaza were to be demilitarised the maximum security measure would be a civilian police force But we saw the takeover of the Gaza Strip in a violent coup by the terrorist organisation Hamas The Gaza Strip is a very complex piece of land But after Israel unilaterally disengaged in 2005 instead of making Gaza a flourishing territory growing strawberries flowers and manufacturing textiles Hamas took its population hostage even when there were no hostilities in complete contrast to what was going on in the West Bank They then built themselves the terrorist facilities and the rest is known In trying to solve this problem we must remember that we undertook this latest military operation as a response to the threat to Israel’s civilian population and Israel as a country as any country would There were two kinds of threat: the rockets and the tunnels built with ingredients such as cement that Israel authorised the supply of Instead of building houses mosques schools hospitals and infrastructure in general these were used by Hamas to build the tunnels We did crush the military capabilities of Hamas Now we are into the next stage At the end of this month of ceasefire or during it both sides will bring to the table their demands I’d like to stress that the understandings reached in Cairo are not very different from previous understandings Hamas rejected What we want to see is the people of Gaza being rehabilitated and the territory reconstructed on one hand and demilitarisation total demilitarisation of the territory on the other Those two parts of the equation are completely linked You cannot reconstruct and rehabilitate an area without making sure the ingredients for rehabilitation will not be used for future terrorism This logic says the non-involved people of Gaza those not actively involved in terrorism deserve a better future Similarly Israelis on the other side of the border deserve terror-free quiet When this logic is accepted and with the right tools of implementation it will still not solve the overall issue but it will end the specific problem arising from Hamas taking over and making Gaza a terrorist stronghold The will of the international community to understand that logic is essential It would need a political effort to compel Hamas to get rid of its ammunition stockpile Demilitarisation means bringing Gaza back to where it was to begin with No weapons no military capabilities whatsoever beyond what was agreed to between Israel and the PLO in 1995 Very similar to what has been happening in the West Bank but totally breached in Gaza Till the Oslo II points are changed by future agreements they must hold Hamas is a terrorist organisation there are international norms and mechanisms to ensure countries don’t cooperate with terrorists There are the post-9/11 UNSC resolutions particularly 1373 Those countries and organisations that cooperate with terrorism breach these norms Will Israel lift the ‘economic blockade’ in the near future If it does will that stop Hamas from constructing tunnels in future The word “blockade” with regard to Gaza sounds good as an argument But despite the hostilities despite the fact that Israel was under attack the crossing points were open and merchandise went in When we talk of “blockade” as a concept let’s remember that the electricity of Gaza was supplied and is supplied by Israel all the time Humanitarian and more than just humanitarian aid went in Given the problematic situation Gaza found itself in — that Hamas is responsible for — we must remember there was no humanitarian crisis as such all the time So I am uneasy with the definition of “blockade” About the opening of the crossings which was supposedly part of the Cairo understanding the fact is that those crossing points were open all the time Does Mahmoud Abbas have a future He seems to have once more proved his utility and regained some popularity in Gaza This conflict and the last stage during the conflict has shown that the Palestinian Authority has a role during and after the negotiations in the challenge of bringing Gaza to where it should have been — a prosperous and peaceful piece of land not a terrorist stronghold So Abbas and the Palestinian leadership that doesn’t see terrorism as the way forward but negotiations have a role And the leader of those Palestinians at this stage is Abbas Abbas personally and what he represents have a role in the next stage of the Israel-Gaza relationship I would also like to point out that Israel from the beginning has said that Egyptian mediation is very important At the end of the day we came to the negotiating table saying look how instrumental the Egyptians have been in all this For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by C Raja Mohan | Published: March 15 2016 12:17 am President Barack Obama (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) Related News In a series of expansive interviews with The Atlantic Monthly spread over months US President Barack Obama has summed up his worldview in a few words: “Don’t do stupid shit” An essay based on these interviews published last week by the journal offers the clearest articulation of Obama’s foreign policy realism Having inherited two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that have cost so much blood and treasure for America and a massive financial crisis Obama was determined since he took charge as president in January 2009 to avoid being sucked into a new conflict in the Middle East or as he says doing “stupid shit” all over again Despite enormous pressures from his own cabinet Obama pulled back in August 2013 from the red line that he drew against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons It was a decision that drew much criticism from the foreign policy elite in Washington and the allies in Europe and the Middle East Obama was accused of walking away from the tradition of America’s global leadership abandoning key regional allies and diminishing Washington’s credibility Responding in great detail to these charges Obama says he is very proud of the moment when he refused to escalate the conflict in Syria In the telling of the Atlantic it was an epiphany that liberated Obama from the orthodoxies of the Washington playbook on foreign policy and the conventional wisdom on America’s global role For nearly four decades neo-conservatives on the right and liberal interventionists on the left who dominated American foreign policy were united in the belief that America can and must use its military power to fix problems around the world Obama in contrast sees the world as a mean and messy place that is not always amenable to the use of American force He believes the United States cannot control events everywhere and must intervene only when American national security interests are directly threatened “You could call me a realist in believing we can’t relieve all the world’s misery” Obama tells the Atlantic The US must therefore pick and choose places where its interventions can make a real and positive impact Equally important Obama believes America’s allies and partners must do more As part of the “anti-free rider campaign” Obama wanted Britain and France to take the lead in handling the Libyan crisis in 2011 He is critical of British Prime Minister David Cameron and former French President Nicolas Sarkozy for not following through after the intervention in Libya and creating the basis for the current chaos there and failing to exercise leadership in a region so close to Europe Although America will continue to set the global agenda Obama insists it cannot be the security provider of first resort everywhere Obama has also been unwilling to accept the premise in Washington on maintaining Israel’s military edge in the Middle East or treating Saudi Arabia and Pakistan which fan the flames of terrorism as America’s permanent allies Rather than relying on Washington to engage in a protracted conflict with Iran Obama would like to see the House of Saud find a political accommodation with Tehran Obama has also been unwilling to buy the proposition that he must treat dysfunctional Pakistan as an indispensable ally Unlike most in Washington Obama had no problem recognising that Moscow’s stakes in Ukraine will always be higher than those of the West and an American confrontation with Russia there is not winnable Obama describes Vladimir Putin as business-like and eager to reclaim for Russia the co-equal status that it once enjoyed with America His conviction that Putin’s aggression springs out of weakness rather than strength allows him to take a less hysterical view of Moscow’s policies Many in Washington would like to believe Obama as an unfortunate aberration in America’s contemporary engagement with the world Washington’s foreign policy establishment including many Republicans would love to see Hillary Clinton win the election and restore the “ancien regime” on foreign policy The fact however is that Obama’s calls for American restraint are being echoed by two very different candidates — the Republican tycoon Donald Trump and the Democratic Party’s self-proclaimed socialist candidate Bernie Sanders Obama’s call for external moderation and nation-building at home are not only America’s urgent imperatives today but are also in tune with older foreign policy traditions that dominated America until the early 20th century The foreign policy establishment in New Delhi like the one in Washington must not assume that American interventionism is cast in stone It must appreciate Obama’s role as the likely bridge to an era of retrenchment burden-sharing great-power accommodation and spheres of influence A Delhi that seeks to accelerate regional integration in the subcontinent construct a secure balance of power in Asia and the Indo-Pacific will have much to collaborate on with a changing America Laying the foundation for such collaboration must be the main aim of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s engagement with Obama in Washington later this month The writer is director Carnegie India and consulting editor on foreign affairs for ‘The Indian Express’ For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Anushree Majumdar | Published: November 1 2017 12:10 am Jivraj Singh (left) and Nischay Parekh Related News A day before their sold-out show at the Royal Opera House in Mumbai last week pop duo Nischay Parekh of Parekh & Singh spoke eloquently about performing their music at the prestigious venue “It is a perfect setting for the show especially since we’ll be performing with a string quartet This is music that is going to be enjoyed by an attentive and engaged audience The moment you enter the theatre you are disconnected from the sounds of the street outside Looking at the interiors and the way the seats are stacked straight off the bat you know this is a place to share art” he said And shared it was — on Instagram Facebook and other social media as the Kolkata-based dream pop duo took the stage in their dark mustard suits to perform songs from their acclaimed debut Ocean and a few new ones from their forthcoming sophomore album Parekh & Singh burst on to the scene last year with the release of I Love You Baby I Love You Doll along with its Wes Anderson-inspired and approved music video and since then have steadily been performing across the country to an audience captivated by their Pantone-hued sharp suits whimsical songwriting and layered melodies that gently set a carousel of moods and memories into motion “Pop music is a very wide and flexible genre and that is what works for us A loose idea of the song what sections come after each other the lyrics and the harmonies are made by me We listen to it together and then Jivraj will interject it with rhythm pulse When we imagine music we both think in absolutes — we like to come in with specifics” says Parekh Signed by Peacefrog Records a London-based independent label the duo toured the UK in May where every press interaction remarked on their aesthetic “Maybe it’s just that we both went to the same school La Martiniere for Boys in Kolkata and we’ve stuck to wearing a tie We’ve been dabbling with the visual side of things from the beginning We’re concerned with how things look and we want all the design elements to be cohesive” says Singh Are they tired of the Wes Anderson-related comments “Yes” they reply in unison There’s not much by the way of stage patter at a Parekh & Singh show but Parekh is not one to force the issue — he’d rather have the song speak for itself “When you’re a young songwriter one of things you can acutely feel is vulnerability and express that in words When you write about yourself it can ring the truest with an audience and resonate with them” he says If Ocean is a whimsical yet deeply personal album dealing with childhood daydreaming young love and belonging the duo are moving sideways in their yet-to-be named upcoming album “It is futuristic in many ways There are newer topics — there’s a song called Surgeon which is about the Higgs-Boson particle A few years ago everybody spoke about it like it was the key to the secrets of the universe and I was deeply inspired by that Surgeon is about how humans are the only species that can make discoveries and change the way we live Then there’s Sunbeam which is about overcoming diseases and immunity” says Parekh who thinks nothing of going from science to dengue in an album And judging by the rousing applause at the end of their show nor do their fans For all the latest Lifestyle News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Shalini Narayan | New Delhi | Published: April 25 2012 1:02 am Related News Nearly a month after she was rescued from a locked Dwarka apartment of a doctor couple who were holidaying in Bangkokthe 13-year-old domestic help was handed over to her mother on Monday and sent to her hometown in Jharkhand After reaching Ranchithe girl will be produced before the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) Therea decision will be taken to either keep her at a residential schoolor hand her over to her mother Chairperson of CWCWest and South DelhiNeera Mullick told Newsline? let alone the RBI Governor, Howard posted: “Irrfan, “Earlier people would come to England to learn English culture and way of living.” The film is also her first onscreen role since her Oscar-winning performance in 2013’s “12 Years a Slave”.” Amyra said about working with popular singer Sonu Nigam on ‘Aa Bhi Ja Tu Kahin Se’. "Together.” Next up is Italy,” he said. download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: PTI | Mumbai | Updated: December 25.

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