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Tuesday, 6 February, 2001, 15:32 GMT
Syrian press: Mid East peace in danger
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Ariel Sharon: Tipped to win by the pre-election polls
As Israeli voters begin casting their ballots for a new prime minister, the Syrian press is saying that the future of the Middle East peace process is in jeopardy if opposition Likud leader Ariel Sharon wins the election as anticipated.

Al-Thawrah lashes out at the international community for failing to stop "Israeli fascism" and says the new government will only continue to shun peace.

"As the Israeli fascist threat increases, the dubious silence on the part of the superpowers in the world, particularly the United States, continues without any ray of hope that there will be wide-scale international action to confront the Zionist arrogance.

"It has been 10 years since the Madrid conference. Five governments have ruled in Tel Aviv. A sixth government is on its way today, which will only distance us further from peace and lead us into a crisis."

Peace 'an Arab option'

However, Al-Baath comments that Arabs can achieve peace in the Middle East regardless of who becomes Israeli prime minister.

"The achievement of a just and comprehensive peace in the Middle East is not linked to the whims of Sharon or any one else. Peace is an Arab option, which is supported by the world and UN resolutions."

Will the men of the intifada be intimidated by Sharon winning the elections? Of course not

Al-Baath

In contrast to Al-Thawrah, the paper says that although Mr Sharon will win the elections, the international community will not lend him its support because of his visit last September to a place holy to Jews and Muslims, the Temple Mount or Haram al-Sharif (Noble Sanctuary) in east Jerusalem.

Against a background of the failure of the peace process, Mr Sharon's visit was one of the sparks for a new Palestinian uprising.

"The international community will not accept the language of intransigence used by the man who will assume power in the Israeli government against the backdrop of his desecration of Al-Aqsa Mosque, which was the direct cause of the intifada."

"Will the men of the intifada be intimidated by Sharon winning the elections? Of course not, for he who faces tanks and mortars with bare hands can confront the worst of criminals."

Israel's 'crisis'

For its part, Tishrin says the election is a new stage in the disarray within the Israeli Government.

"With today's prime ministerial elections, the Israeli Government is entering a new stage of its deteriorating internal crisis represented in aggression, expansionism, and rejection of peace."

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Golan Heights under Sharon - what next?

"As long as Israel is not held accountable and has all the support and as long as the UN Security Council is incapable of shouldering its responsibilities, Israel will continue to reject peace, defy international legitimacy and its resolutions and carry on with its aggression."

"The Arabs have no choice but to adhere to pan-Arab and national constants, increase solidarity and support the intifada of our people by all means."

BBC Monitoring, based in Caversham in southern England, selects and translates information from radio, television, press, news agencies and the internet from 150 countries in more than 70 languages.


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