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    • Charlie from NY
    • 17.10.10 | 07:01 (IST)

    If the rhetoric internal to the Arab countries - as opposed to what we hear in the West - is to be believed, then Henry Kissinger comments about the difference in approach between the North Vietnamese and the Americans find a sad reincarnation with the Palestinians playing the role of the North. While one can only hope it is not so, their good faith can be easily tested by following Holbrooke's advice: the question of a freeze on building in settlements should be bypassed in favor of reaching agreement on the larger issues. After all, setting the borders will make the issue of settlement building disappear completely - and whatever was built on what becomes Palestinian land benefits the Palestinians. If the Palestinians stay in the talks, then the PR ball would be back in Israel's court. If they abandon them, then it would be reasonable to question their good faith.

    from the article: Vietnam and Yom Kippur Wars were closely connected, newly released U.S. documents reveal
    First published 01:01 17.10.10 | Last updated 01:01 17.10.10
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