Middle East News Service: Don't Give 'Em Guns
Don't Give 'Em Guns
Middle East News Service
[ Middle East News Service comments: Yossi Beilin’s heading would be recognised by most Israelis and others who follow the region’s politics closely. The forces of the Right have always use that slogan against the Palestinian Authority. But quite apart from the allusion, all supporters of Israel should take heed of his warning. The US/Israeli strategy is muddle headed and fraught with danger.
The last paragraph says it all: “Those who pay the price of these mistakes are Israelis and Palestinians, who see peace moving further away, and meanwhile are forced to live with lack of security and concern over the next war, which is facing them from newspaper headlines.” Beilin, a former member of Barak’s Cabinet and an architect of both the Oslo Accords and Geneva Initiative needs to be taken seriously –Sol Salbe.]
Don't give 'em guns
Last thing Palestinian Authority needs at this time is more weapons
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert wishes to boost Palestinian President Abbas. President George W. Bush also wishes to strengthen him. The approach chosen to achieve this objective is to send weapons to forces affiliated with Abbas so that they can fight against forces loyal to Hamas, Fatah's partner in the Palestinian national unity government.
On the other hand, Olmert maintains his decisive objection to dialogue on a final-status agreement.
What we see here are three grave mistakes: First, the last thing we need to add to the Palestinian Authority is more weapons. When the PA was established, it had to be allowed to acquire arms, because without enforcing law and order there would have been no significance to the creation of such Authority.
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