It was both sad and funny to read in another Israeli paper that the internationally sophisticated FM Livni had to enter the Annapolis talks by a side door, rather than a front door as did the arabs, and was heard to complain none of them wished to shake her hand. The Israeli leadership thinks so worldly and sophisticated as to be useless. The best model is the Iranian one. Although the are quite mad, they are independent in their actions and keep people guessing, so the world constantly seeks to accomodate them. Israel's strength is its millitary. If Olmert called up reserves and placed them and a significant weaponry on the Gaza border and Judea and Samaria, Abbas would have sh** his pants and made concessions. The Iranians know you don't succeed from a position of weakness. The great brains that now run Israel do not. Unless Israel's security and national policies are being controlled in the office of Condi Rice, the country needs to show its independence of Washington and its might
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from the article: Report: Abbas reiterates refusal to recognize Israel as 'Jewish state'