Israel and Gaza Strip

It is a no brainer that much of terrorism is powered by radicalized Muslims due to the way Palestinians are being treated. The arbitrary arrests, collective punishments, and land confiscation inflicted on the Palestinians fume the Muslim masses. Although the main media would like for Obama to deal with Iran as his most important challenge, I would like to see that the Obama Administration would consider the Israeli-Palestinian peace as its first diplomatic priority. I believe that such a treaty would pacify the Muslim world, especially the Middle Eastern countries. Ultimately, it would reduce terrorism by radicalized Muslims.
“An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind,” said Mahatma Gandhi. The cycle of violence between the Israelis and Palestinians would result in the destruction of both peoples. Terrorism whether is committed by an organization or state is morally wrong.
The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which all member states have pledged to achieve it, states that, “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”
The continued subjugation of the Palestinians is tarnishing Israeli reputation worldwide. In the process, the American reputation is also tarnished as the supporter of Israel, no matter what. The politically fragmented Israeli public makes it difficult for any Prime Minister to take bold action toward a permanent peace. President Obama in his second term is free from political pressure could take a gallant step in rejuvenating the stalemated Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. 
The Afghanistan and Iraq wars have tarnished America’s prestige. The continuous occupation of the Palestinian territories has damaged Israel’s reputation as a haven for the victims of the Holocaust. Israel could take a lesson from it. If Israel truly wants to live in peace, it must sit with the Palestinians, friends or foe, and negotiate a permanent peace. If the United States wants to repair her international prestige, it must act as an even handed active facilitator in this process. 

Dr. Mehdi Alavi, President
Peace Worldwide Organization

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