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    • Walter
    • 16.02.10 | 21:18 (IST)

    Israel has a history of negotiating in bad faith (despite their hype to the contrary), but... 1) If Israel could find, among its corrupt bureaucrats and crooked bandits, one honest broker to deal through already established channels, and... 2) Have that person assemble a list of Palestinian prisoners, ranked from most dangerous to release through least dangerous to release, and... 3) Release the 50% who rank as the least dangerous, as a goodwill gesture to boost negotiations... 4) Until Gilad were released, or until calculations were rebalanced, the Palestinians would be in the awkward spot of looking as if they have merchandise they apparently have not paid for. The more prisoners released, the more foreign leverage would be purchased in media abroad. The problem, as always, will be Israel's competing commercial interests. The deal would have to be obscured from certain Israeli industry chiefs unless they were monitored carefully. (They will convert the media leverage to cash).

    from the article: Netanyahu to Hamas: Israel's offer for Shalit is final
    First published 02:16 16.02.10 | Last updated 21:04 17.02.10
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