Monday, July 16, 2007

The Palestinian Peace initiative

It's a region where you can't talk peace without bringing in the need for more war. The $190 million in new aid for Palestine, maybe less about restarting the Middle East peace process than about boosting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas vis a vis Hamas. But money alone will not be enough. Israel for example, has taken at least 178 Fatah gunmen off the most wanted list, thus making them available for use against Hamas. Moshe Feiglin, who is running for the head of the Likud party against Benjamin Netanyahu, says letting the Fatah killers walk is an abomination, in a letter distributed to bloggers (one of which I got).

Nothing follows.

6 Comments:

Blogger R said...

These are just little games where some pawns are shifted on the board prior to all out war. It is important; however, not all the players have come to the table--and this is where the real action belongs. Of course, there may be some players who insist on hiding behind the curtains, as always. Critical mass is coming for these Muslims who practice a "religion of peace" that's for sure!

7/16/2007 01:33:00 PM  
Blogger Cedarford said...

The funniest part of this is that Israel's security services helped set up Hamas to give Arafat major domestic trouble and hopefully play "divide and rule".

Shin Bet never dreamed Hamas would smash the PLA after Arafat's death.

Blowback is a bitch.

Just ask the USA about Reagan's beloved "Holy Mujahadeen Freedom Lovers"..

7/16/2007 02:13:00 PM  
Blogger Alexis said...

Israel needs a better diplomatic staff and it needs better public relations. Worldwide. Desperately.

Also, Israelis need to know what they want.

So far as I can tell, Israelis cannot decide whether Israel should be a European state or Asiatic state, a normal state or a special state, a state with friends or a state alone without friends.

Israel is a state based upon the historic desires of the Jewish people on land that was an ancient Jewish state. If a mere national home for the Jewish people were sufficient for Israel, a Jewish state could have been established in Patagonia or on Sakhalin Island. As a state based upon ancient ties to the land, Israelis must make an inventory of what sites they value more than others. It is best if Israelis could forge a consensus on what parts of Judea and Samaria are most important and what areas are negotiable.

Expecting a Jew to give up the Temple Mount would be like expecting an observant Jew to serve a cheeseburger -- it won't happen. Yet, there may be other parts of the West Bank that could conceivably be relinquished to Jordan or some other responsible party.

Again, Israelis need to know what they want. There is a consensus concerning the survival of the Jewish people. I have my doubts that Israelis can agree on much else.

7/16/2007 03:37:00 PM  
Blogger William Tyroler said...

The funniest part of this is that Israel's security services helped set up Hamas to give Arafat major domestic trouble and hopefully play "divide and rule".

No:

Hamas grew out of the Muslim Brotherhood, a religious and political organization founded in Egypt with branches throughout the Arab world. ....

I suppose you could argue that by not bringing down an iron fist on the fledgling Hamas, Israel somehow became responsible for the group's flourishing. But had Israel attempted to strangle the infant organization, then the same people who now ritualistically incant, "Blowback is a bitch" would probably have raised a stink about the Zionist oppressor.

7/16/2007 04:26:00 PM  
Blogger What is "Occupation" said...

Expecting a Jew to give up the Temple Mount would be like expecting an observant Jew to serve a cheeseburger -- it won't happen.


jews gave it up after winning it back in war, and gave it to the ROP...

7/16/2007 04:51:00 PM  
Blogger weswinger said...

Wretchard, it was unfair of you to wave a bloody shirt or red cape or whatever for the humorous Mr. C4 to charge.

I hereby nominate C4 for the Howard Baker "Realpolitik" Maven Prize for the Belmont Club. In his world, doing anything 'outside the box' is an invitation for him to remind you that following his wisdom would have guaranteed peace and stability. Of course this version of peace is lavishly bestowed to us in cemeteries and the better grade of concentration camp.

7/16/2007 06:03:00 PM  

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