Not arms, but the Palestinian economy is the key. - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Joel A. Levitt
    • 24.05.07 | 18:28 (IDT)

    The majority of Palestinians believe that Israel is and always has been their oppressor, and that, therefore, destroying Israel would be an act of simple justice. Hamas loyalists believe that it is their religious duty to destroy Israel. Abbas loyalists believe that attempting to destroy Israel is disastrous for the Palestinians, and that it is better to make a deal with the Israeli devil. Israel?s past attempts to manipulate the internal Palestinian situation have been uniformly failures. This includes helping to install Hamas in order to weaken the PLO (under Eshkol and Perez) sponsoring the Christian Lebanese forces (under Begin), unilaterally withdrawing from Gaza (under Sharon) and arming Fateh (under Olmert), while trying to drive the Palestinians out of the territories by home and crop destruction, land seizures and economy-destroying limitations on travel, transport and communication. Hamas came to and retain power because the Sharon and Olmert governments have seen to it that Abbas was unable to deliver any relief to the Palestinian people. In view of the prevailing Palestinian view, improving the effectiveness of any Palestinian forces is self-destructive foolishness. Instead, it is time for the Israeli Government to acknowledge that the Palestinians are not going to leave the territories and, therefore, to set about making the founding of an Israel-dependent prosperous Palestinian state possible. This means working with Abbas to withdraw roadblocks and settlements, to open the transport of goods and individuals from/to Gaza and between the territories and the rest of the world and to permit the Palestinians to build new homes and production facilities. At the same time, it must be made clear that these improvements are not due to Palestinian militance. And, this means a ground campaign in Gaza to eliminate those firing Qassams and to destroy militant?s arms and arms factories.

    from the article: Israel to let Presidential Guard train near West Bank city of Jericho
    First published 00:00 24.05.07 | Last updated 00:00 24.05.07
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