Procrustean Poitical Thinking All Around - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Mark of Lewiston
    • 08.10.10 | 09:49 (IST)

    Since Prof. Dror used the term, I will too. Politicians on both sides are trapped in Procrustean thinking. Netanyahu and the far right think that two-states means Israel and something-not-a-real-state is optimum. Hamas still thinks that it can "resist" its way to prosperity and a real state. And a substantial portion of the Israeli right wing politicians somehow think Jordan will renegotiate its peace agreement and rename itself Palestine. Procrustes was a Titan. He snatched humans and made them lie in his bed. If they were to short, they were stretched to fit. If too tall, their excess was cut off. He is/was the patron god of bureaucratic thinking.

    from the article: Coldly considering the unthinkable
    First published 01:49 08.10.10 | Last updated 01:49 08.10.10
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