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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Why there can never be a 'Palestinian state'

Here's a fascinating article on the differences between the American and Israeli approaches to the 'peace process' and why most Israelis recognize that it is highly unlikely that there will be peace anytime in our lifetimes, while most Americans keep believing that if they bring about 'Palestinian' unity, peace with Israel will follow. The one area where I think he's very wrong is the comparison between Israel and Ireland. But it's worth it to read the whole thing. I'm not even going to post an excerpt because any excerpt won't do it justice.


At 7:54 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

The argument can be made that Ariel Sharon foresaw the rise of Hamas in Gaza and decided to pull out of the Gush Katif precisely to deepen the divide between the Arabs of Gaza and the Arabs of Yesha. The strategy paid off by resulting in the Palestinians being divided between two rival governments. In this line of thinking, the existence of Hamas in Gaza is not a problem at all but an advantage. As long as the Palestinians remain divided, a Palestinian state will remain a pipe dream. It is not in Israel's interest to create a unified enemy state. Just the opposite. Most Israelis are quite happy with the situation as it is and they see no reason to change it for something far worse. And neither do the Palestinians. So for various reasons, a two state solution is highly unlikely to emerge any time soon.


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