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(Nearly) game over

Akiva Eldar, Haaretz, July 10:

The Israeli government, as is its wont, has climbed a tall tree, and is becoming entrenched there in total opposition to its own interests. It insists that first the soldier be released, and afterward we will hold our fire, and perhaps will agree to talk about the release of prisoners. The Palestinians, as is their wont, are climbing up after their neighbours. They are demanding that Israel first hold fire and agree to release prisoners, and then they will release Shalit and stop firing Qassam rockets.

Dr. Mustafa Mazini, a lecturer in the natural sciences department of the Islamic University and the son-in-law of assassinated Hamas spiritual leader Ahmed Yassin, this week suggested a ladder that will allow everyone to climb down from their trees. In an interview on the Hamas Web site, Mazini suggested counting to three together – and carrying out a deal simultaneously. It’s such an obvious solution that there is no chance that the Israeli government will adopt it. After all, this is a matter of “Israel’s power of deterrence.” But that power was lost along with the decision that was made to withdraw from Gaza without an agreement, so what remains is the prestige of a handful of politicians and the honor of a gang of generals.

Meanwhile, Israel continues its apartheid policies:

For the first time since 1967, Israel is preventing the entry of Palestinians with foreign citizenship, most of them Americans.

Most of those refused entry are arriving from abroad, but have lived and worked for years in the West Bank.

How much longer must be wait before a modern Israeli Prime Minister openly states his desire for a Palestinian/Arab free Jewish state? Ethnic cleansing by another name. It can’t be long now. The Middle East’s “only democracy” is enjoying the calm before the storm.

UPDATE: A moving piece in the Toronto Star about the “faceless” Palestinians.

11 comments ↪
  • smiths

    simple, and brilliant

  • smiths

    sorry, meant to add that i was referring to the toronto star piece

  • orang

    Excellent

  • orang

    Meanwhile, read this;
    http://www.commondreams.org/views06/0710-23.htm

    "Ostensibly, this bombing campaign started because of the soldier's capture. To the outside world it might seem like an easy decision for Palestinians: Let the soldier go, and the siege will end. Yet for Gazans, even in the face of this brutal violence, another decision comes, not with ease, but with resolve. He is one soldier who was captured in a military operation. Today, several hundred Palestinian children and women are locked in Israeli prisons. They deserve their freedom no less than he does. Their families mourn their absence no less than his family does. So while Gazans endure Israel's rainstorm, most want the soldier held — not harmed — until the women and children are released."

  • Captain

    How much longer must be wait before a modern Israeli Prime Minister openly states his desire for a Palestinian/Arab free Jewish state?

    Lets just say we will wait a lot longer than Ant's books will be on the remainder shelves.

  • Addamo

    Lets just say we will wait a lot longer than Ant’s books will be on the remainder shelves.

    Seeign as Israel will likely do this opnely – bad PR – this could mean that Ant's book shoudl do very well.

  • Addamo

    Oh Goody,

    The IDF get to take out their toys and test them:

    Israel 'is using chemical ammunition' http://www.gulfnews.com/region/Middle_East/100528

    Where does it say that the Holocsut means Israel are allowe to use these?

  • Captain

    The gulf news is so reliable. Oh Jenin, Jenin!

    And anyway, what is "the Holocsut"?

  • Addamo

    There are plenty more news sources citing the use of chemical weapons.
    http://wakeupfromyourslumber.blogspot.com/2006/07

    I;m sure you have a tear in your eye right now Captain – you must be so proud.

  • Captain

    let them subject it to independent analysis. Until then, Jenin, oh Jenin. Their medical people are notorious propagandists.

  • Addamo

    Their medical people are notorious propagandists.

    Who are you referring to? The media in general?