Negotiating without a military option (Ben Alofs #99) - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Tosefta
    • 05.08.07 | 02:59 (IDT)

    Hello Ben, I realize it is difficult for some of our weaker colleagues to grasp why it is that one needs a military option. This is of course the standard for liberation movements, or else they lose any real influence on the peace deal. Arafat made the terrible mistake of giving this up, and his deal ultimately failed. He had too options at least to preserve this option: 1. The PLO had a worldwide operation. Arafat should have promised a cease fire all over the world for the dutration of peace talks and dismantlement as part of the peace deal, while of course using no arms in the Territories (and he supposedly had no arms there other than what Israel allowed, very approximately). 2. Arafat should not have promised to dismantle Hamas (which was the ascendant group at the time), just to make sure they don't fire while peace talks continue, etc. Arafat failed to keep some military option, failed to get the end of the settlement enterprise, and even failed to set the percentage of how big an area should be evacuated by Israel in the 3 scheduled Further Redeployments. A very poor job which Abbas may now be repeating. Too bad.

    from the article: Deja vu
    First published 00:00 03.08.07 | Last updated 00:00 03.08.07
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