PALESTINE IS UN-REAL POLITIK; SYRIA FIRST - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • David Turner
    • 24.09.07 | 15:20 (IST)

    Yes, of course talk with Hamas. And with any enemy willing to engage in dialogue. This is called negotiation and only through this process is any progress towards conciliation and avoidance of unnecessary war possible.But Israel must also exercise judgment in setting priorities determining where to put her main negotiating resources. Since Palestinians are no closer to the level of political maturity necessary to conclude peace among themselves, there is little possibility of a significant breakthrough to peace with Israel, even were this a primary priority of Israel. And even if both parties were serious and committed, Syria still stands as ultimate spoiler through its proxy rejectionist terror quartered in Damascus. Syria, not Palestine is the obvious and intelligent prior peace partner. The countries were meters from agreement in 2000. Assad insists he wants Iran out, a strategic plus for Israel. What*s the problem?

    from the article: Leading Israeli authors, intellectuals call for truce with Hamas
    First published 00:00 24.09.07 | Last updated 00:00 24.09.07
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