Therapeutic diplomacy--will it work? - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Mark
    • 11.03.10 | 00:39 (IST)

    This is informed and lucid; however, if anything is clear from the past 40 years of peace efforts relating to Israel, it's that incremental processes don't work. They are always derailed by one or the other sides choosing to commit some act of terror. I think at this point it's fair to say that the two primary parties, Israel and the Palestinians, are simply unable to make peace on their own, and a solution should be imposed from outside. Since from some perspectives, Israel has more to lose by making peace since they largely control reality on the ground, effectively pressuring Israel would have the greatest returns. I see no reason why the U.S. should continue to subsidize Israel's military and economy with extremely high foreign aid grants. Nor why the U.S. should continue to take heat for protecting Israel from condemnation at the UN. Both of these things could be withdrawn unless and until Israel ceases to treat the peace process with distain.

    from the article: Are peace talks doomed to fail before they start?
    First published 16:46 10.03.10 | Last updated 16:55 10.03.10
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