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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Back to 2000?

Khaled Abu Toameh worries that the current round of threats from various 'Palestinian' spokespeople may mean that another war is in the offing.
These threats are similar to those that were made by Yasser Arafat and many Palestinian officials before the second intifada erupted in September 2000.

The latest threats are not only poisoning the climate and escalating tensions between Israeli and Palestinians, but are also playing into the hands of Hamas, Syria, Iran and Hizbullah – parties that have formed an unholy alliance to thwart any attempt to achieve peace in the Middle East.

Hamas and its allies are using the Palestinian Authority threats to back up their argument that Israel does not want peace and that the only language the Israelis understand is that of force and terror.

When Palestinian leaders threaten to take unilateral actions and talk about the possibility of waging another armed intifada against Israel, they are in fact supporting Hamas's position that there's no point in conducting peaceful negotiations. What the Palestinian Authority needs to realize is that its fiery rhetoric and daily threats are also likely to backfire and undermine the authority itself.
I would say that another 'intifadeh' is far more likely than the 'Palestinians' realizing that their fiery rhetoric is a mistake.


At 3:50 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

I hope they instigate another intifada.

And Israel will then annex Yesha. Dissolve the PA and expel their leadership to Jordan. Allow the Palestinians to go with them if they want.

That's another reason against establishing a Palestinian state in Israel's heartland.


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