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    • Liam Evans
    • 08.05.06 | 02:47 (IDT)

    So, the reality apears to loom. Hamas like it or not, are the representatives of the majority of Palestinians. Attempting to ignore them, via various sanctions and diplomatic cold-shouldering, is prompted by a need to slip into the easy political rhetoric dominant in the "western" world. It's simply the easy default position. However, Realpolitik is rapidly changing the contours of the debate. This does not necessarily mean that such bothersome notions as 'justice' or recognition of the validity of Palestinian votes have gained traction. The proposal to inject money into the Palestinian economy is prompted by the fear of total economic collapse which spawns a breakdown of social order. We are witnessing another dimension of the Security paradigm. But whose security? Doubtless most Palestinians desire security also, but it appears they will receive this (if at all) as the endpoint of a process which commences with addressing the security desires of Israel. Just and fair?

    from the article: World Bank says underestimated depth of Palestinian crisis
    First published 00:00 07.05.06 | Last updated 00:00 08.05.06
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