MEDITATION OF WEEK
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ISRAEL – PALESTINE
Once again, Israel and Gaza are on the precipice of a dangerous escalation.
The recent escalation between Israel and Hamas was the most intense since the 2014 war. Although there are solid reasons why neither wishes to see another full-scale confrontation, the fact that nothing has been resolved in the past four years and that essential dynamics remain unchanged is cause enough for worry. That recent exchanges of fire are worsening is more troubling still. The parties, as well as regional and international stakeholders, have claimed interest over the years in addressing both the situation in Gaza, marked by a blockade that is rendering the lives of Palestinian civilians virtually unbearable, and the continued Hamas attempts to break it, which are making Israelis anxious and eager to hit back.
To find solutions requires overcoming obstacles that have impeded it for years. That means outside actors – the U.S., European Union (EU), and Arab states first and foremost – pressing Israelis and Palestinians. The alternative is another round of fighting, only bloodier, more dangerous and more inexcusable.
Calm tensions and all that generates the radicalization and the violence of the different parts in this conflict. Favor the paths of dialogue for the peace.