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Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Holding the West Bank

"Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is planning further unilateral Israeli withdrawals to follow the pullout from the Gaza Strip if he fails to find a political settlement with the Palestinians, aides said."

"A source close to Sharon said that new unilateral moves - which reportedly could see Israel hold on to over 20 percent of the West Bank - would allow the country to sidestep international pressure over its future borders with a Palestinian state."

And the West wonders if the Palestinians are serious about peace?


Anonymous Julian B said...

And the West wonders if the Palestinians are serious about peace?

These are the same Palestinians who keep holding massive rallies where the notions of an Israel shattered and annihilated are espoused in grim detail?

Antony, I don't disagree with you on about 80% of the points you make about Israel, but your analysis is really lacking balance. It isn't a matter of finding a definitive culprit for a situation.

In the end, whatever side you choose will behave as abyssmally as the other. It's human nature.

Tuesday, April 19, 2005 7:00:00 pm  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

I don't deny the reality of the strong anti-Israel feeling within certain Palestinian circles. I've been there and heard them myself. However, we've been fed a line of simply always placing pressure on the Palestinians while the Israelis are doing what we know they do, with tacit US support. To me, balance would be to seriously expose Israeli AND Palestinian behaviour during the last years. Both sides have unquestionably responsibility, but we should never forget who holds the major power card.

Tuesday, April 19, 2005 7:18:00 pm  

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