Delusional Beilin - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • James Michael Price
    • 09.08.06 | 00:04 (IDT)

    The uncommonly reality-disconnected Beilin distorts the present situation as much as he distorts the past. The seven years of the Oslo peace process was about as long as World War II, including the political settlement at the end. The peace process did not produce even a lasting cease fire for Israel, because the Arab side did not want one and because a succession of Israeli governments and the Clinton administration were willing to allow the slaughter of unarmed Israelis year after year. Arafat would have been no more disposed to end the killing at the last meeting at Camp David if Beilin were in charge as opposed to Barak. Arafat stated his intention to ?continue the struggle? early on in the Oslo process and never wavered from that position, through and beyond Camp David. Hezbollah is even more driven towards the goal of Israel?s annihilation than was Arafat. Israel needs to prevail against armed enemies with whom dialog has failed and with whom more dialog would be absurd.

    from the article: The test of the Zionist left
    First published 00:00 08.08.06 | Last updated 00:00 08.08.06
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