Sunday, October 30, 2005

Iran aims at rapprochement, but Middle East still volatile

Iran distanced itself from its President’s rhetoric today by saying that it stood by its UN commitments, and would not use violence against another country. The clarifications, which were issued by the Foreign Ministry, had to be made following Ahmedinejad’s comments about wiping Israel off the map, and launching fresh tirades later. Even as Iran backed down, the ostensible impetus for the crisis, viz. the Israel-Palestine imbroglio seems set to land into troubled waters once again. Israel’s Defence Minister, Shaul Mofaz, launched a scathing attack yesterday on the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, saying he has no public support and is not a partner for peace talks. The worst outcome of this bickering is the demise of the peace process that had shown real signs of survival after Israel’s withdrawal from the Gaza strip. What happens from here is anybody’s guess.

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