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    that neither will ever give up, that will be the victory. Violence won't break the Palestinians and it won't break the Jews. Both are used to it and have sky-high callouses. It is a question of territorial compromise which can only reached via negotiation. That, and not the likes of Bint Jbail, will be the toughest battle. But it is the only long-term solution to a problem which will not brook half-measures. Neither side has spent any time at all on honing diplomatic skills. The US cannot broker for us, not least because this Presidency is lamentably inept at diplomacy. If Europe was as diplomatic in the political field as it is in negotiating trade deals, it would be possible for it to act as honest broker. But things being what they are, it's up to us: Israel, Lebanon (which, until it decides to eject it from its government and its institutions, comprises Hzb) and Palestine (Abbas AND Haniyeh) to get their acts together, study the diplomacy user-manuals and get going.

    from the article: Wounded troops describe Bint Jbail battle as 'hell on earth'
    First published 00:00 27.07.06 | Last updated 00:00 27.07.06
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