A great article, except for some of its details. - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • 31.03.11 | 18:49 (IST)

    When "pseudo peace" with Egypt and Jordan were arranged, there was the assumption that Israel would use the temporary security cushion to arrange a more stable peace. Of course that did not happen. All Israel saw were the short term benefits of reduced defense costs etc. Longer term benefits that did not involve instant gratification were ignored and discarded by Israel. Now again, this article shows the short term profit thinking that has led Israel to its current developing emergency. The article says *"if the Palestinians agree to a complete demilitarization, true mutual recognition (...) a total end to the conflict"*. How silly is that. Why not start from reality, understand that the Palestinians belong to the same species as the Israelis and will not accept what the Israelis would not accept if the tables were turned. Here is a clue. Instead of arranging a very short term peace that is guaranteed to fail quickly ("e.g., "complete demilitarization") arrange a long term peace that is based on reality and which can actually succeed if it is followed with responsible diplomacy. Israel will not last much longer unless there is a dramatic change in its way of dealing with its neighbors. The first neighbor it has to deal with is the Palestinians.

    from the article: Israel needs to launch a preemptive diplomatic strike
    First published 01:49 31.03.11 | Last updated 01:49 31.03.11
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