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    • Judah
    • 24.03.10 | 18:19 (IST)

    Carlo's thesis is predicated on the presence of a strong moderate or, at least, pragmatic element in the Arab camp. I don't think that the existence of this element is anything more than a pipe dream. If it exists at all it is drowned out by the far louder voice of the more radical elements. There is nothing in the Arab narrative to indicate that moderate forces have ever had any influence in guiding their collective decision making. It is a western concept that appears to have no place in the Arab psyche. If that is true then the only way to affect change in Arab attitudes towards Israel and the Jews is to take on the extremists. Adopting an aggressive stance may be the only way to deter them from embarking on a path of violence that they will perceive as dangerous and unlikely to deliver the results that they are seeking. This will not, of course, deliver the long term peace that most Jews and Israelis yearn for, but it may be the only sensible direction in the interim.

    from the article: The fallacy of Netanyahu's worldview
    First published 16:45 24.03.10 | Last updated 16:48 24.03.10
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