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What's the rush?

Reader comment on item: Why Oslo's Hopes Turned to Dust

Submitted by Arthur Cordell (Canada), Sep 9, 2003 at 12:39

I agree with your latest column.

When friends and colleagues work themselves up into a fever pitch, egged on by the media, to negotiate this and that I always say "what's the rush?"

Israel should tell the world "....we strongly believe in peace. the other side seems less enthusiastic. So we declare a 50 year moratorium. At that time we will re-visit Oslo, "road maps" etc. Meanwhile stop your terror bombings, sucide attacks, they will gain you nothing. There is nothing on the table to negotiate. "

Fifty years seems a reasonable time. The situation will have changed. New leaders, new geo-strategic playing field (probably running out of oil), etc.

It seems each time "peace talks" start, the killing soon follows. If Israel is to exist in perpetuity then why the rush to sit down with sworn enemies? Each time, this tactic seems to lead to the killing of Israeli civilians.

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