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Reader comment on item: Israel's Unnecessary War in Lebanon

Submitted by savetman (United States), Jul 18, 2006 at 15:49

your article seem to be lacking a couple of bricks and that absence could make it look like the leaning tower of Pisa ,or in this particular case "the leaning tower of the Israeli Arab conflict". Among all the debris and nuances of the problem you forgot to mention a very important stage through which we arrived to the present situation. and the way you put it was that because of fatigue ,some internal dissent, etc Israel suddenly decided to abandon certain ocuppied territories and the palestinians didn 't have a lot to do with such decisions

one of the bricks I am referring to is the Intifada, that you didn't ...mention. The last and most bizarre element is about Israel conditions for a cease fire. the first , return of the 2 soldiers seems logical and I wouldn't put up a big argument against it, but the second ....Oy vey...

Lebanon government MUST disarm and neutralize Hisbollah. really a minute task considering the success that the USA is having in "disarming and neutralizing" the iraqi insurgency. Israel can try the same methods,and 2, 6, or 20 years from now.we still are going to talk about those "savages" that don't want to recognize that whatever we do its for their own good. Of course we don't talk to "terrorists" but lets remember Abba Eban who wisely said (paraphrased) "we must talk to our enemies to find a middle point because if we don't talk to them ,to whom are we going to speak if we expect some results at the end of the day? ".

And now I add because Israel can talk to the USA, Britain,etc, till the cows come home, but isn't that what we did for the last 50 years? I can put the results in my backpocket,with room to spare ,cordially.

I apologize for orthographical errors , English is not my first language ,and yes I am a jew.


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Daniel Pipes replies:

I'll reply to two points. No, I did not mention the intifada or any other history because of lack of space.

The Eban quote (and similar Rabin quotes) makes no sense. One negotiates with former enemies, not current ones. One defeats current enemies.

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