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Mr Butros Ghali gave an interview at the german news magazine "Der Spiegel" which is published in german language, only.
The news magazine "Der Spiegel" does have an - reduced - international version (generally, but not of this interview)
- if you want to take a look: http://www.spiegel.de/international/
Because there is no english version of this important text, you can find a crude robot translation ( http://www.google.de/language_tools?hl=de ) below:
2009-01-03-MIDDLE EAST CONFLICT - "Israel ignores the facts"
The Israeli military strike in Gaza is "incalculable consequences" for
the region, warns former UN Secretary-General Butros Butros Ghali. In
SPIEGEL ONLINE interview, he speaks about the shortsightedness of
Israeli politicians, the role of Egypt - and his dampened hopes for
SPIEGEL ONLINE: Has Israel's general attack on the Gaza Strip, the peace process in the Middle East now finally fallen?
Butros Ghali: It is rapidly apparent. But now it is clear that the
Israeli attack on Gaza is a disaster. This military operation helps
boost the fundamentalists - not only in Palestine but also in all other
Arab countries. I am amazed that Israel has not noticed. The Israelis
had but their attack on Lebanon in the summer of 2006 must learn the
lesson that such action is the position of Integristen strengthens.
Then won the influence of Hezbollah and was the strongest political
force in Lebanon.
SPIEGEL ONLINE: Is the Lebanon rather than a special case?
Butros Ghali: No, the Gaza war, the radical Islamists throughout the
Arab world as well as benefit from two years ago, the war against
Hezbollah, but also weakens the position of Abu Masin, president of the
Palestinian Authority and the moderate parties in the Arab countries
and Israel, calling for a dialogue and a genuine call for peace
SPIEGEL ONLINE: That sounds very pessimistic. The peace hopes could not be blown away overnight.
Butros Ghali: The judge, I would like today to love God rather than leave.
SPIEGEL ONLINE: Do not have a silver lining on the horizon?
Butros Ghali: A real improvement of the overall situation will probably
only future generations to experience. If I were a rosier picture
would, I would not be honest.
SPIEGEL ONLINE: Why do you see the future as black? They were watching
but even in turbulent times than hope. After the Yom Kippur war only a
few want to believe in peace, helped to ex-President Anwar al-Sadat at
Camp David peace with Israel to conclude that until now holds.
Butros Ghali: This time it's different. The present decision-makers in
Israel, the attack on Gaza ordered have not thought about the future.
This is a serious mistake.
SPIEGEL ONLINE: What leads you to this assumption?
Butros Ghali: Israel seals occasionally hard facts before the eyes. The
Gaza Strip represents just two percent of the total area of geographic
Palestine It lies in the nature of things that this area in the context
of a genuine peace must be greatly expanded. Another event, the
Israelis repeatedly crowd, the 1.3 million Arab Palestinians, in the
state of Israel in 1948 in founding their villages and towns remained
and are now approximately one fifth of the Israeli population. Around
the year 2060 will be the Palestinians over half of the inhabitants of
Israel and the Israeli-occupied territories represent - and rising.
SPIEGEL ONLINE: The demographic development will be the dream of a
state with a Jewish majority to undo. But this view in Israeli
unsatisfactory development in the current conflict situation of
Butros Ghali: The growing imbalance between Jews and Arabs in Israeli
rule area is of vital importance for the near future of the Jewish
state. The Zionist idea of a purely Jewish state is now no longer on
this development can not be stopped. But The fuse is burning now. The
emigration from Israel is increasing, not only in connection to crisis
situations. More and more Israeli fathers have no confidence in the
future and want their children to live in constant fear and peace
distant spare. But the current Israeli leadership seems solely
motivated by electoral tactics to be. The view of the extent of the
damage already irresponsible.
SPIEGEL ONLINE: Israel wants the rocket attacks by Islamist stayed once and for all.
Butros Ghali: What the military is doing now, directed one hundred
damage, with incalculable consequences for the entire region, of
course, also for the Israelis.
SPIEGEL ONLINE: Hamas, Hezbollah and Islamic hard-liners, but also Arab
nationalists, accuse Egypt to the Palestinians to leave in the lurch.
Is this accusation true?
Butros Ghali, the Egyptian border is open to all sick and War Disabled
Palestinians openly, day and night. Egypt sends relief of any kind in
the Gaza Strip.
SPIEGEL ONLINE: Hamas calls but that Cairo its border open to all Palestinians.
Butros Ghali: Human aid, food, medicines, medical teams, the supply of
fuel, the treatment of wounded and sick in Egyptian hospitals - all
that is in full swing. But a completely open, no longer controlled
border would inevitably lead to the infiltration of armed terrorists
lead. The bloody attacks on tourist hotels in Sharm al-Sheikh and other
Sinai holiday strongholds we are still well remembered.
SPIEGEL ONLINE: There are voices that call on Egypt to make peace with Israel aufzukündigen.
Butros Ghali: Such awards are meaningless. Egypt's peace treaty with
Israel has served all Arabs. Who except Egypt and Israel can hold
credible contact and border openings and a gradual dismantling of the
blockade negotiate? A denunciation of peace with Israel would have for
all Arabs and Israelis terrible consequences for our children and
grandchildren would curse us.
MIDDLE EAST CONFLICT
"Israel ignores the facts"
2nd Part One: "I will be the beginning of a better world no longer experiencing"
SPIEGEL ONLINE: Will the new U.S. president to do something decisive to the Middle East conflict to an end?
Butros Ghali: The world financial and economic crisis takes the
Americans in full. 50 percent of the activities of the new
administration are so busy. Other world crises in Latin America, Africa
and Asia, such as the conflicts in Somalia, East Africa, in eastern
Congo, India and Pakistan and in the Caucasus also require American
SPIEGEL ONLINE: And the Arab-Israeli conflict?
Butros Ghali: Since my tenure as UN Secretary-General in the U.S. is so
much remains as it was. The American public is in the Arab world is not
particularly interested in, and the pressure of the Jewish lobby is
still strong. Nevertheless, it is unfortunately the case that Israel
only responds pressure from Washington. Given the current Gaza disaster
and the absolute fragmentation of the Palestinian camp in the Islamist
Hamas in Gaza and still ready to negotiate Palestinian autonomy
government will be in Washington in the next three or four years does
not move, which the resumption of peace negotiations possible. The Gaza
Done has us all set back by years. At an effective role of the
Europeans hope is only wishful thinking.
SPIEGEL ONLINE: Is the Arab world is already divided the extent that they are not strong unified position can pull?
Butros Ghali: The Arabs have jointly developed a good peace plan, the
recognition of Israel in the 1967 borders in return for the
independence of a Palestinian state within these limits provided.
Israel has the mistake to ignore this offer.
SPIEGEL ONLINE: What do you expect for the year 2009?
Butros Ghali: For all countries of the Middle East, I see a blanket
deterioration ahead. In the Arab world are the religious extremists
getting more inflow, especially over half the population of
enthusiastic teenagers, while in Israel, the extremists gaining ground
who continue to use violence. The extremes to swing high,
all-or-nothing politicians are wrong to short-term glory come heroes,
but the mass of innocent people will suffer more than previously.
SPIEGEL ONLINE: What attracts Conclusion of former United Nations
Secretary-General of the conflicts that you were despatched to solve?
Butros Ghali: I do not see any happiness promised new era for the
predictable future. Although the curse of the colonial era and the Cold
War half a century ago vanished, and millions of people to a better,
fairer social and technological progress using world waited, it became
sadly apparent that the old Menschheitsübel hopes clouded again:
the growing social disparities , Flare-national and religious
ideologies, cultural foreclosure. Pity that I am the dawn of a truly
better world probably will not experience more.
The interview was conducted Volkhard Windfuhr
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