Fayyad makes a couple of mistakes - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Tosefta
    • 16.07.07 | 14:39 (IDT)

    1. "[Fayyad] lay part of the blame for the failure of the peace process on the Palestinian people, saying that they must do more to battle corruption, enforce the law, and ensure the effectiveness of the new Palestinian government." Actually, the peaceful overthrow of the corrupt Fatah in the democratic elections was just what Fayyad is looking for. This is how democracies deal with corrupt and ineffective ruling parties. By keeping in detention, and without charges, a majority of Hamas legislators, Israel is interfering with the process of democratic cleansing that was going on. 2. "In response to Israeli claims that Abbas' government is too weak to serve as a substantial partner for peace, Fayad replied that if Israel wants to wait until the Palestinian Authority becomes a major world power before conducting talks, the wait would take forever." Actually, the unity government of Hamas and Fatah was strong enough to deliver a partner for Israel. It agreed to Abbas negotiating peace and putting the deal to a referendum. What more can one ask for?

    from the article: Fayad: No point in goodwill gestures without negotiations
    First published 00:00 16.07.07 | Last updated 00:00 16.07.07
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