I agree with Eldar. I think that I can understand where Sharon says that he is coming from; what I really don't understand is why some of what he actually does undermines the peace gestures he has made to Mubarak and Abu Mazen. The latter may not be the best partner for seeking peace, but he is the only partner which Israel has. We'd all like to have the negotiating partners of our own choosing but, hey, that's not real life. Genuine straight talking with actions to follow which remain true to the talking - that's what is required here. Shame we have to leave all of this to the politicians because we all know what they mainly have in common wherever they are in the world. Shame also that the politicians in the Middle East are no different and in fact... People there, on all sides (the dozens of different sides) are united in their distrust of their respective leaders. There is no partner, and there can be no partner unless and until at least one of the key politicians has the guts to talk and act straight. Then, there is a chance. With at least one other partner, the show is on the road. In the meantime, every passing day is one of more missed chances. All the people of Abraham deserve better.
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