The missing vision (#79) - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    In post #79 I alluded to the missing strategic vision, exhibited by Israeli short-term thinking. Here is some of what is missing. The Palestinian problem is the core issue, and it is possible to solve it today. Hamas is difficult as a partner but Abbas is willing. Get a deal with him, which was reportedly quite advanced by Olmert. After that have a referendum in the West Bank only, and then the IDF moves into Gaza (after some sufficient cause), takes casualties but destroys most of Hamas and their rockets, and hands over the area to Abbas who will uproot his opposition. Vision starts at home, and Netanyahu should be honest with himself: He is not able to make the concessions that will produce a deal with the Palestinians. He is a political coward who tries to please everybody, but most of Likud members are true ideologists and hard liners, even if wrong-headed. Netanyahu should pursue something he is capable of accomplishing: Peace with Syria. This will take care of Lebanon issue

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    First published 22:51 14.01.10 | Last updated 05:17 15.01.10
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