Wednesday, December 05, 2001

I am generally sympathetic to the plight of Palestinians in Israel, but Thomas Friedman's column in the NY Times this morning is right on:

The latest wave of Palestinian terrorism comes "in the face of the most far-reaching U.S. and Israeli offers ever for a Palestinian state. While those offers of more than 90 percent of the West Bank, Gaza and part of East Jerusalem may not have been sufficient for Palestinians, they were a serious opening bid. The right response was a Palestinian overture to the Israeli people to persuade them to give up 100 percent — not murderous violence. That's still true. Two weeks ago a Gallup Poll showed nearly 60 percent of Israelis favoring a Palestinian state — a remarkable figure after a year of violence. Also, President Bush just publicly endorsed the idea of a Palestinian state. In other words, it's not as if Palestinians' aspirations were being ignored and their only alternative was violence."

Talk about shooting, or bombing, yourself in the foot. What near-sighted, narcissistic nonsense.
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