Saturday, February 11, 2006

No time for political monkey business

photo--copywrite 2006 Mark Klein. All rights reserved.

(from today's Jerusalem Post)

"Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, during her visit to the United States, also warned against international recognition of Hamas in a New York Sun interview published Friday morning.
According to Livni, there was a "slippery slope" effect caused by the tendency of some international actors to compromise with Hamas. Any sign of weakness in dealing with Hamas, she added, would lead to "a negative effect - not only for Israel, but also for the Palestinian people and for the international community."

My published reponse:


MARK KLEIN, M.D. - USA 02/11/2006 17:35

The Hamas victory for Israel and the West is like the invention of sliced bread.

Israel's finally got a Palestinian adversary with political legitimacy with a coherent, disciplined political machine elected into office to end corruption and improve the economy. Nonsense to demand they disarm and recognise Israel. So long as they hold their fire, and curb terrorism by other groups, every effort should be made to ensure their success.

The Palestinians are a tribal and family clan oriented society. Peace will come quickly with "a chicken in every (Palestinian) pot." (Hoover's 1928 campaign slogan)

Also a related posting in Haaretz:

Pays to listen carefully to what Hamas says
Mark Klein, M.D.

The Hamas offer of a permanent cease fire makes a lot sense viewed in the context of similar arrangements for bitter conflicts for which no easy answers exist, e.g., Korea, Kashmir, Columbia and the FARC rebels, and Germany during the Cold War.

Hamas won`t get its maximalist demands of a return to the pre-1967 lines but despite public grumbling it will be satisfied with disengagement and the completion of the fence. Israel and the West need a new conceptual framework for what "peace" means.

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