PA move leaves Israel, US in the lurch

Updated 30 November 2012
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PA move leaves Israel, US in the lurch

In a historic move, the UN General Assembly overwhelmingly voted in favor of Palestine Authority as a non-observer state according to 1967 borders with Israel. It seems that Israel with its closest ally United States will be left alone in other UN forums too.
After the recent Israeli aggression in Gaza, the victory in UN General Assembly is a big win for the Palestinians. The three permanent members of the Security Council — France, Russia, China — along with other countries voted in favor of the Palestinian bid for independent observer state in United Nations despite stiff opposition by US, Israel and its close allies to the PA’s recent move.
Israel fears that after having got the status of Independent observer states, Palestine can challenge Israel’s war crimes in International Criminal Court. US secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had urged the Palestine Authority to begin dialogue with Israelis and solve crisis through negotiations instead of going to UNO and seeking status for an independent state. The reality is that despite long negotiations and several road peace maps presented by the US authorities including those by President Obama in the last 45 years, the Palestinian people got nothing but deaths, destructions and long siege of Gaza. Despite serious reservations of world community and US itself, Israeli’s illegal constructions are still going on. Things having been going from bad to worse after Israeli continued air strikes at Gaza and other places recently. Killing of innocent women and children by using F16s, drones, and guided missiles has become a big challenge for the conscience of the modern world. After the miserable role played by US, Israel and world community, the PA had rightly decided to go to UN and get the status of an independent status through its General Assembly. When East Timor and the South Sudan can get their own independent states through UN resolutions, then why not the Palestine people can do the same? — Khawaja Umer Farooq, Jeddah


Cartoon in bad taste

Updated 07 August 2017
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Cartoon in bad taste

I wish to use my “right of reply” to complain about the unfortunate caricature that appeared on Aug. 5, 2017, in your well-known newspaper. The cartoon represents President Nicolas Maduro sitting on a military tank and a hand coming out of the tank’s cannon writing on a book titled “New Constitution.” Such a caricature is offensive to my country.
What the caricature seems to imply is that President Maduro wants to rewrite a new constitution with the power of arms. This is totally false. It is immoral to give your readers such a forged image of Venezuela and its constitutionally- and democratically-elected government.
The revision of our constitution, which is among the best in the world, is mainly to reinforce it and make it more adaptable to the new times. It is not an imposition of our president; it has been backed by more than 8 million Venezuelans and has the objective of re-establishing the peace process that has been trampled by a violent opposition backed by interested foreign countries that pretend to give orders to our sovereign populace.
I fail to understand why some international media report fake news about my country, with the purpose of undermining our sovereignty, and the people of Venezuela’s absolute right to decide, in a free and independent manner, how it wants to conduct its internal affairs.
I invite your newspaper to inform about our country with the truth and the same respect that we, in Venezuela, treat to our brothers of Saudi Arabia.

Joseba Achutegui
Ambassador of Venezuela
Riyadh
Saudi Arabia