Monday, May 03, 2004

Israeli Hawks and Doves, Kind of Like the US

But as far as the Palestinian Authority is concerned, there is a difference — not in substance — but in style. While Labor has historically preferred to get PA endorsement and consent for Israeli colonization (and the PA has with few exceptions obliged), Sharon has no need for the PA. This explains why Palestinian leaders are prepared to make a fuss when Sharon says something, but remain silent and cooperative when their "friends" in the Israeli "peace movement" say exactly the same things or worse. For Palestinian "ministers" actual peace is not a requirement. All they need is an endless "peace process" in which they are seen as "partners." For this they have repeatedly shown that they will pay any price unless and until pressure from the people they purport to represent stops them from committing irreversible blunders.

From electronic intifada.

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