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Who Needs Friends?!

Reader comment on item: Bush Promotes a Palestinian "Right of Return"

Submitted by Blackspeare (United States), Jan 14, 2008 at 11:57

In the ME, the only friends you have are the enemy of your enemy! I've said before that a comprehensive Israeli-Palestinian agreement, envisioned by Bush, is highly unlikely in the time frame proposed. As long as Hezbollah and Hamas continue to accrue power and arms and have state support of a sort, Israel has nothing to gain at this point in time. The Palestinians, on the other hand, also have nothing to gain since victory is only one successful war away. And that's the problem-----WILL SOMEBODY PLEASE WIN A DECISIVE WAR AND FOLLOW THROUGH SUCH THAT THE ENEMY IS NEUTRALIZED. Israel almost did it in 1967, but failed to follow through!

As for the issue of the right of return, I agree with Bush, buy them out. I believe I had offered that idea in a past post----maybe Bush read it! I'm sure if you asked the individuals whether they want substantial cash or a small plot of land I'm sure they'll take the money and run! However, the Palestinians know that the issue is a deal breaker and that's their ace. When they play that card, the Israelis are in a lose-lose situation.

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