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Wednesday, June 03, 2009

When weakness is strength

Here's an interesting observation from Noah Pollak at Contentions.
Ever since Yasser Arafat died, observers of this conflict have said that the weakness of the Palestinian Authority, and especially of Mahmoud Abbas, would pose an insurmountable obstacle to the creation of a new peace process. But we were wrong: Abbas’s weakness is turning into his greatest strength. It is the perfect rationale for passivity, for throwing the entire burden of the process onto the Israelis, for avoiding anything that would reveal his fecklessness. I didn’t think this would be possible because I didn’t think it plausible that a U.S. administration would endorse a peace process that consists so far of the United States pressuring Israel to make unilateral concessions.

Read the whole thing.


At 9:46 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Israel has been making unilateral concessions since 1993. What on earth makes the Obama Administration think that more unilateral Israeli concessions will change things when they haven't made a difference for the past 16 years.

Hopenchange, anyone?


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