Excuses, excuses, and phony excuses (Polibyus #26) - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Tosefta
    • 02.02.07 | 19:41 (IST)

    History will not end after a peace agreement, and Israel will need to continue being on its guard Same is true of peace with Egypt. There is a forward warning system there, and similar measures are planned for Syria and the West Bank, plus additional measures, including demilitarization for the Pal state. But let us move to the excuse: 1. "requiring the PA to eliminate its anti-Israel charter language" I hope you are not talking about the Hamas Charter. The PLO amended its Charter already (1996?). As far as Hamas, I expect the peace agreement with the PA to disallow parties that do not recognize Israel and peace. 2. "guarantee the rights of West Bank Jews & Christians in the new Palestine" As with Jordan, there will have to be non-discrimination against Jews. (There are many Pal Christians. No such problem.) As far as the settlers, this is a phony excuse; they will not want to remain under Pal rule. It will be very nice for Israel to get rid of the messianists by unloading them on the Pals, but they will claim they are being abandoned. In any case, they will be subject to prosecution and persecution due to their behavior today. Get out and escape jail. 3. "what if the residents of Majd Al Shams voted to remain in Israel"? Phony excuse. They burned their Israeli identity cards. In any case, the Golan belongs to Syria according to International law. Citizens of Israel can move elsewhere before the Golan is handed back.

    from the article: Tossing the ball around
    First published 00:00 02.02.07 | Last updated 00:00 02.02.07
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