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The futility of negotiation

Reader comment on item: Business as Usual in the Palestinian Authority [after Arafat's Death]

Submitted by Arvind Madhavan (India), May 19, 2005 at 04:24

If this would prove the futility of anything, then it would be expecting the Palestinians to come to an agreement for co existing with Israel. Arab history has show that militant islam has no answer other than military force as the solution, anything else is looked down upon as weakness. If Israel negotiates then she is considered weak and therefore it would lead to an escalation of terrorism, if Israel responds with her military, then it would be considered 'oppression' and once again there would be an escalation of violence. So in such a case, Israel would be better off reponding with force in order to protect her civilians, then fall a victim to hypocrites like EU and the liberal press.

What's the solution to this mess? I have no idea expect I know the onus lies on the Palestinians to bring a halt to this cycle of violence. Israel has tried several times on her own to make the first moves and has been stabbed in the back for trying.
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