#26 Danite; on peace with Abbas - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Ben Gurion
    • 05.11.05 | 04:00 (IST)

    Hello danite, I know we disagree on my "peace with Abbas" plan. Let me explain my point of view, if I haven't done it before. The ideal situation is to deal with a viable Pal government, sign a peace agreement, and let them enforce their obligations. Unfortunately, nowadays Israel's peace partner (the PA under Abbas) is weak, and cannot enforce much. My suggestion is to nevertheless negotiate a peace deal with Abbas, something he wants, let the borders be agreed upon and the refugee problem solved (i.e., have an agreed solution). Israel then withdraws to its borders, builds a "wall" if necessary, and let the Pals fight it out among themselves. Why should Israel sign and implement the agreement ASAP? Every delay gives opportunities to the opposition on both sides. Just look at recent history. Hamas was able to undermine Peres' election, as well as Barak's reelection, by launching suicide bombing and an intifada. On the Israeli side, the Likud was able to incite and finally get somebody to kill Rabin. A delay will lead to all the forces of darkness on both sides uniting to do their destructive deeds. And on the other hand, Israel is vastly superior militarily. I also don't fear Hamas from Gaza. Remember the electricity cutoff plan? Gaza will be quiet. There are also powerful sanctions against West Bank misbehavior, such as cutting off the link Gaza-WB and much more. In short, Hamas is not really a BIG problem. It is a nuisance, but not a big problem. See also the other benefit, bringing the Occupation, that corrupting influence on Israeli society, to an end. Israel may become more moral, more ethical, and less violent as a society. In short, you have a choice here not between two imperfect options, but the option I choose strikes me as far superior. Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good. Best regards, BG

    from the article: On the same page, ten years on
    First published 00:00 04.11.05 | Last updated 00:00 04.11.05
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