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Israel: upping the ante « Previous | |Next »
December 24, 2003

Even if Ariel Sharon, the Israeli Prime Minister, has succeded in making Israel the regional power in the Middle East, he has has failed to find a military solution to the political problem posed by the Palestinians.

So where to now?

Amin Saikal suggests he will embrace a unilateral action mooted here. He says that Sharon's suggestion of unilateral action comes:

"...against a backdrop of the failure of his strategy to secure a military solution to the Palestinian problem. Sharon's reliance on the legitimacy of the US-led war on terrorism to suppress the Palestinian resistance and to stamp out Palestinian suicide bombings has finally run out of steam. It has neither destroyed the Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat, as a potent symbol of the Palestinian cause, nor prevented more and more Palestinians from joining the ranks of those militant groups that have viewed violent actions as legitimate responses to Israel's repressive occupation."

Amin says that Sharon's unilateral action is not:

"....a pull-out to the pre-1967 borders, the dismantling of all Israeli settlements in the West Bank and Gaza and the creation of a viable independent Palestinian, with East Jerusalem as its capital...[That] would be an option worthy of consideration by the Palestinians and the international community. But this is not what Sharon has in mind. His objective is to redeploy Israeli forces away from Gaza and a number of West Bank cities, and to cordon off Israel, with the help of the "apartheid wall" that he has already started to construct to grab more Palestinian land."

And the implications of that action? Amin says:

"This may involve the removal of some insignificant settlements, but will not allow the Palestinians to live within other than a set of isolated condominiums, deprived of all the territorial and resource attributes to help them build a viable state of their own. It will sideline the demands of the Palestinians for negotiating the status of East Jerusalem, final boundaries, sharing of resources (especially water) and the future of the Palestinian refugees."

It will be intereseting to see if the US supports this unilateral action by the Israelly right.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 9:30 AM | | Comments (1)


Careful Gary, you'll wind up being classified as anti-semetic by those on the right.