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    • C. Bendavid
    • 13.01.13 | 18:40 (IST)

    without Hamas killing dozens of Israeli citizens in the winter of 1996, Peres would have won the election and a peace agreement would have been signed. Whether you like it or not, Hamas destroyed the Israeli Peace camp and instead of stopping them like Ben Gurion disarmed the Etsel and the Lehi, Arafat negociated meaningless cease-fires with Hamas and Islamic Jihad without doing anything to hinder their capacity to attack Israeli civilians. The main attribute of a state, is to monopolise the use of force in the hands if the government. Unfortunately, Arafat was not a a stateman, he preffered to remain an Arab version of Che Guevara

    from the article: Striving for an illusion-free Middle East peace
    First published 14:07 13.01.13 | Last updated 14:07 13.01.13
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