Sometimes silence is golden... - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Michael Davison
    • 29.04.11 | 09:39 (IDT)

    Netanyahu should learn when to keep his mouth shut. In light of the new developments, if he had to say anything at all, he could have said something like "Fine. If the new unity government complies with the EU requirements, we can finally talk with someone who represents all the Palestinians." An interim government chosen by Hamas and Fatah can't negotiate, since they're not elected officials, but a caretaker government, with all that implies. Israel's recognition before that compliance would be premature. Let me remind all those who continually quote Rabin's statement that "You make peace with your enemies, not your friends" that the enemy has to be willing to make peace, too. As it stands, hamas has stated categorically that they will not participate in any negotiations before elections (although they haven't said they will after elections, either). At this point, all Israel can do is wait and see what develops. If there's a real possibility for peace, fine. If there's not, we'll manage.

    from the article: Israel can redeem itself by recognizing a Palestinian state
    First published 03:29 29.04.11 | Last updated 03:29 29.04.11
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