Friday 19 October 2018

Tánaiste must tread tightrope if we're to help promote peace in Middle East

Obstacles: A wounded Palestinian is evacuated during a protest in the northern Gaza Strip calling for lifting the Israeli blockade on Gaza. Photo: REUTERS/Mohammed Salem
Obstacles: A wounded Palestinian is evacuated during a protest in the northern Gaza Strip calling for lifting the Israeli blockade on Gaza. Photo: REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Alan Shatter

Palestinian President Abu Mazen, better known in the West as Mahmoud Abbas, is visiting Ireland and is meeting, amongst others, President Michael D Higgins and, my former colleague, Foreign Minister and Tánaiste Simon Coveney.

The central focus of discussions will be the continuing Israeli/Palestinian conflict, the currently moribund peace process, and Ireland/Palestinian relations.

Various foreign ministers across the globe unrealistically believe that they are uniquely placed to facilitate a peaceful resolution of this tragically long enduring conflict.

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