"Oh what a wicked web we weave when at first we aim to deceive". - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • JOHANES Franzen
    • 11.12.05 | 16:26 (IST)

    What is puzzling though is that it is no secret. The Israelis have NO intention what-so-ever to adhere to the Road Map and "end the occupation that started in 1967" and still the world pretends as if there's a peace partner on the side of the occupiers. There isn't of course, but we would like to pretend there is. We all like to pretend as if the Israeli intentions are honerable and that in the end they will indeed end the illegal occupation and adhere to International Laws, UNSCR and Treaties. The truth of the matter however is that only an enforced peace will make the Israelis leave and hunker down behind their beloved Wall. This test of American intentions regarding the Israeli honering of the Rafah deal is crucial, because if the Americans don't have the buses running before Christmas then they have proven that they are playing along in this Israeli deception of honest intentions. We all know what Sharon is up to and we all know that he supported by the majority of Israelis for his vision of the Smaller Greater Israel with the seven enclaves of destituted Palestinains leaving at the will of the Israeli masters. It is a scenario for disaster, for the very reason that Freedom is a human right and that the Palestinians will do what ever it takes to achive this Freedom. What we don't know though, is what the Americans are after. If they are after perpetual conflict, then they could just pretend that the spitting of Sharon in their is a drizzling summer rain or they could prove for once in their misserable participation in this great tradgedy, that they have some kind of control of this War Criminal and this time they will not foot the bill for a future that has nothing but pain and sorrow for all those involved. If there are buses running before Christmas then we will know and if there are no buses running then we will be assured. It isn't only the dishonesty of the Israelis that is at stake it is also the credibility of the Americans that are. Blow this chance of taking a stand and the Americans can count on being laughed out of the region.

    from the article: The safe passage: The history of a farce
    First published 00:00 11.12.05 | Last updated 00:00 11.12.05
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