Important point from Avi - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • r cummings
    • 17.12.09 | 15:54 (IST)

    'israel wants security.were we sure of that israeli ideas would surprise you with their friendliness.' That is an encouraging view Avi. Both sides have important priorities and red lines and security is obviously key for Israel. It's chicken and egg though. N Ireland had some parallels, e..g. similar, long-running (supposedly) ethnic-religious-nationalist confrontation. The IRA had to disarm before the final agreement, but that did not ensure security, any more than any of their other pledges did. They could no doubt re-arm tomorrow and start again. What has enabled peace is the agreement itself. Both sides got enough out of it to be reasonably content and the people found they much preferred peace, law and order (so far at least). Point being that real security is not just words on a bit of paper but practical solutions on the ground. I'm sure it can be done, though Hamas will need a good slap around the head by its international donors.

    from the article: Haaretz exclusive: Olmert's plan for peace with the Palestinians
    First published 03:11 17.12.09 | Last updated 15:17 17.12.09
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