From Abioye Olarewaju, Ilorin
A Research Associate from the Institute of French Research in Africa (IFRA) University of Ibadan, Dr. Manuel Reinert, has described the imposition of an agreement by a third party as the best solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Dr. Reinert disclosed this while delivering a lecture entitled “The Second Intifada: Paradigm of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict” at the Faculty of Arts boardroom, University of Ilorin recently.
The don noted that if the Israeli-Palestinan conflict will be brought to an end, there is a need for the interest of the two parties involved to be represented as the conflict involves two parties with unequal strengths.
According to him, “there will be no fair agreement between the two parties as we have an Israel that is too powerful and will not relinquish power to a weak Palestine if it doesn’t have to”.
Dr. Reinert, who presented books donated by the Institute to the History and International Studies Department of the university, disclosed that the conflict which is not a religious one has a religious coloration.
“It is not a religious conflict but it has relationship with religion as you have religious organisations competing against each other in both countries,” he noted.
Speaking on the relationship between Boko Haram and Al-Qaeda, Dr. Reinert asserted that terrorism should be looked at from a local context and not as a general force plaguing the nations of the world.
Earlier in his address, the chief organiser of the event, Dr. Ibrahim Jawando commended the Institute of African Studies, the guest lecturer, the Department of History and International Studies and the University as a whole for allowing such an important lecture to hold in the university.