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Monday, April 11, 2005

The apartheid wall

That bastion of conservatism, The Economist, occasionally moves outside its establishment roots and runs an article such as this, on Israel's "barrier" through Palestinian territory. The writers are Palestinian, a rarity in Western media, and they explain the lives of people affected by a wall designed to make life unbearably difficult. Take this piercing analysis of Ariel Sharon's motives:

"Israel's plan seems to be two-pronged. First, withdraw the settlers from Gaza. (Last month, Ariel Sharon, the prime minister, won the last battle against the withdrawal in Israel's parliament by defeating a referendum vote and a rebellion against the budget.) Second, surround the main West Bank settlements with the barrier and build so many Jewish homes there that giving them back to any future Palestinian state would be impractical."

When George W. Bush meets Sharon this week at his ranch in Texas, the Israeli leader will explain how the Palestinian Authority is falling apart and breaching former agreements. Unspoken, once again, and likely to receive no public US rebuke, is Israel's continuing expansion of settlements in the West Bank, contrary to international law and the supposed Road Map to Peace. So who is serious about peace?

3 Comments:

Blogger steve said...

"people affected by a wall designed to make life unbearably difficult."

IMHO, having your (insert limb here) blown off, or your child exploded by a palistinian terrorist would be slightly more effective in leading to an unbearably difficult life.

Cheers,

Monday, April 11, 2005 6:40:00 pm  
Anonymous Craig UK said...

You refer to the Economist, the most respected paper of record in the world, as a bastion of conservatism, which to you is probably the most pejorative term in existence. Like all lefties, you cannot quite believe that people who analyse the facts and come to a different conclusion to yourselves (who regard facts as unpleasant irrelevancies)can possibly be taken seriously.
Not that you have a great deal of supporters if the comments on your board are anything to go by.

Tuesday, April 12, 2005 12:27:00 am  
Blogger Mike Jericho said...

That bastion of conservatism, The Economist,

Erm... they're centrist, Antony. You know, that elusive journalistic objectivity? They're actually trying to go about attaining it. The very article you link to evidences this.


...occasionally moves outside its establishment roots and runs an article such as this, on Israel's "barrier" through Palestinian territory.

Disputed terrirtory, Antony. If you don't say "disputed", it makes you look partisan and a little biased.


The writers are Palestinian, a rarity in Western media

You mean outside of Reuters, AP, and AFP, all of whom hired local correspondents and photographers?


...and they explain the lives of people affected by a wall designed to make life unbearably difficult.

From their perspective, which is less than objective. The article falls short in this sense - it needs a balancing perspective.


When George W. Bush meets Sharon this week at his ranch in Texas, the Israeli leader will explain how the Palestinian Authority is falling apart and breaching former agreements.

Erm... the PA is falling apart (the various Palestinian splinter factions keep attacking each other) and from past experience, (see your post on history above) we all know that it is just a matter of time before Hamas goes back to bombing buses, to shore up any sign of flagging support.


Unspoken, once again, and likely to receive no public US rebuke, is Israel's continuing expansion of settlements in the West Bank, contrary to international law and the supposed Road Map to Peace.

The concessions made by Sharon have been so extensive that he's in constant danger of being slain by his own people. If you don't believe me, you might believe PBS. Go here and watch this documentary:

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/israel/view/


So who is serious about peace?

Both sides need be. The side you chapion still regularly declares its intention to annihilate Israel and push "the Jews" into the sea. Is that the kind of attitude the Israelis need to take? It isn't what I'd quantify as a moderating one.

Tuesday, April 12, 2005 8:15:00 am  

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