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    • Don
    • 20.11.05 | 16:33 (IST)

    This agreement ratifies a flawed approach that gives the Palestinian Authority to make decisions whether "persons of concerns" may enter the Gaza Strip. If the Palestinian Authority were making a good faith effort to disarm and dismantle the terrorist groups and their infrastructure, such an approach would be feasible. Right now, it is not. Instead, it could open the door through which the terrorist groups could gain strength. Worse, the Palestinian Authority continues to seek to bring Hamas, which is now threatening a more aggressive campaign of terrorism against Israel, into the Palestinian Government. This would grant the Hamas terrorist group a new foothold and mantle of legitimacy by which it could continue to seek Israel's destruction. In my view, regardless of international pressure, Israel would do well to give no more in terms of substantive concessions until the Palestinian Authority undertake its Stage 1 (of the Roadmap) obligation to begin disarming and dismantling the terrorist groups. Nothing less should suffice. Palestinians need land for a state. It could be possible. However, Israelis need security. Promises toward that end do not even begin to address that basic need. Allowing Hamas to penetrate Palestinian Governance is a signal that Israel's security will continue to be undermined.

    from the article: And if Khaled Meshal wants to visit?
    First published 00:00 20.11.05 | Last updated 00:00 20.11.05
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