It is more than a little puzzling why the Quartet made the apparently hasty decision to boycott the PA government. Surely, they suspected how this would play out. The question Mr. Levy asks is a interesting one but I wonder if Israel really has so much power. It could be that has been considered "politically correct" to support Israel right or wrong in the US. But I think it more likely that it plays into a not so hidden agenda of the Bush administration in regard to the Middle Eastern oil-producing areas, with the possible exception of Saudi Arabia, under the guise of fighting terrorism. How does one fight terrorism anyway? Certainly not by actions that only deepen hatred and resentment thereby creating more potential terrorists. The way to fight terrorism is to economically empower populations that seed these groups and treat them as dignified human beings. A free people whose basic needs are met, even more than met, are not as likely to follow violent hate-mongerers.
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