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William Morris, Secretary General of the Next Century Foundation, discusses the new political issues of the week, with a particular focus on developments in the Middle East.

This Week in the Middle East William

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William Morris, Secretary General of the Next Century Foundation, discusses the new political issues of the week, with a particular focus on developments in the Middle East.

    Gaza: an existential trauma that consumes both Palestine and Israel

    Gaza: an existential trauma that consumes both Palestine and Israel

    On the ongoing conflict in Gaza, with discussions on the political situation, international support, and potential future scenarios getting nowhere. The podcast emphasises the importance of peace negotiations and the need for continuous efforts toward peace. It also discusses the potential role of the international community in mediating the conflict, mired as it is in confusion.
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    • 12 min
    The War in Ukraine becomes a stalemate

    The War in Ukraine becomes a stalemate

    On the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, with discussions on the political situation, international support, and potential future scenarios. The podcast emphasises the importance of peace negotiations and the need for continuous efforts toward peace. It also discusses the potential role of China in mediating the conflict.
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    • 12 min
    Gaza - the real truth about what happens next

    Gaza - the real truth about what happens next

    The international force is being put in place to protect Israel as a consequence of the stalemate that is the Gaza War. And then what for Gaza?

    William discussed the difficulties of establishing an international force to protect Israel from Gaza, emphasizing Israel’s reluctance and the potential challenges. He suggested Canada’s potential involvement and the United Arab Emirates’ potential funding, while mentioning Saudi Arabia’s potential role in building a port. William also touched upon Egypt’s refusal of control over Gaza, the Houthis’ role in the conflict, and the missed opportunities for full-scale diplomatic negotiations. He criticized Britain’s handling of the situation and questioned the United States’ actions regarding international shipping.

    William also discussed the political complexities in Palestine, focusing on the role of Hamas and the State of Qatar, the challenges of establishing a strong government in Gaza, and Israel’s willingness to support a strong leader there. He also mentioned a potential prisoner exchange and the ongoing peace process, with recognition of Israel being dangled as a carrot. The possibility of a two-state solution was debated, with recognition of a Palestinian state seen as a key need.
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    • 18 min
    A message as we walk forward into 2024

    A message as we walk forward into 2024

    William Morris LL.D. reflects on our duty during the coming year
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    A Christmas Message for 2023

    A Christmas Message for 2023

    William Morris LL.D., Secretary General of the Next Century Foundation, shares a Christmas message and suggests that "We are Noah's Ark"
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    • 6 min
    Gaza - now is the time to start over

    Gaza - now is the time to start over

    In this episode, we are discussing the ongoing situation in Gaza that demands urgent attention from the international community. The recent killing of three Israeli boys, who were held hostage, by the Israel Defense Forces has deeply saddened and shocked us. The manner in which these killings were carried out is not only disturbing but also inhumane. However, we firmly believe that forced depopulation of Gaza is not the solution.

    To move forward, we emphasize the need to reform the corrupt Palestinian Authority and establish a new administration for Palestine. We have identified two credible candidates for this pivotal role – Mohammed Dahlan and Marwan Barghouti. While the international community may lean towards Dahlan due to his lack of charisma, we believe that Barghouti, who enjoys the support of the Palestinians, would be a more suitable choice.

    Securing Barghouti's release from jail would require cooperation from both Israel and Hamas. It is essential for them to recognize the benefits that come with his involvement. While the possibility of Israel expanding the war and advancing into southern Lebanon seems unlikely, the threat of diseases and further destruction in Gaza is very real. The lack of access to clean drinking water and the destruction of critical infrastructure have exacerbated an already disastrous situation for the two and a half million people residing in Gaza. The reported death toll, which includes casualties from direct bombings and diseases, is likely underestimated.

    To improve the situation, we urgently call upon Israel and the global community to take action. It is high time for the establishment of a new Palestinian administration, the initiation of a peace process, and Israel's recognition of Palestine as a sovereign state. Any further delays will only prolong the suffering and misery endured by the people of Gaza.
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