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    • Ben Gurion
    • 23.01.06 | 19:09 (IST)

    The great breakthroughs in Palestinian-Israeli relations took place behind the back of the USA government. The US applied much pressure, but did not leave enough room to maneuvre. 1. Prior to 1988, it was ILLEGAL for US officials to meet with the PLO. (Andrew Young lost his job over this.) But a group of US Jews met with Arafat (with Swede sponsorship) and convinced him to recognize Israel. 2. The Oslo meetings took place behind the US back. Clinton jumped to the head of the parade when they were successful. This is a lesson for Israel. Don't rely on US wisdom. Israel understands the local situation much better. Better to get Hamas to moderate, the way the PLO did. If this requires indirect negotiations (which Hamas is already accepting, fine). If Israel can force direct negotiations with Hamas, this will cause them the most tension, and will work fastest in the direction of moderation. Do what is good for Israel, not what is good for Bush's fantasy.

    from the article: U.S. tells Israel it will shun PA gov't that includes Hamas
    First published 00:00 23.01.06 | Last updated 00:00 23.01.06
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