The West (and Israel) have never found the happy medium - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Swiss (Dino)
    • 12.06.07 | 10:00 (IDT)

    The events both in Lebanon and Gaza over the past days are showing clearly that the Western strategy of "stick-only" has not produced any positive results. Hamas is still refusing to accept the Quartetts demands, the population in Gaza sinks into more poverty and bitterness everyday and Iran as well as the Saudis are taking advantage of that situation and strengthen their influence in the region. Everyone with a working brain could foresee that happening quite a while ago, but our "smart" politicians in the West were obviously not able to adapt their tactics. History has shown again and again that the most successful strategy to deal with organizations like Hamas is a healthy mixture of sticks and carrots. As long as Israeli officials are stating: "We should keep on targeting Hamas, no matter how they behave". Why on earth should they change their behaviour...???

    from the article: In the name of Islam?
    First published 00:00 12.06.07 | Last updated 00:00 12.06.07
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