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Reality vs. self-deception

Reader comment on item: Arguing over "Does Israel Need a Plan?"

Submitted by Mel Fechter (United States), May 1, 2003 at 18:45

I subscribe to your views, but I do not think Alan Rauzin "counsels despair." He may have overstated his point a little, but he is merely saying, "Be prepared for a very long haul." I have seen it all as an adult from 1948 and for perhaps eight or ten years before then. For my part I see nothing in Bush's or the Quartet's road map except Oslo anew. Notwithstanding Abu Mazen's vow to disarm the violent, I do not foresee Mohammed Dahlan taking any action to do so. I am not sitting around, before breakfast, in great anticipation for word that the PLO Charter and Hamas Constitution have been scrapped. The future is in the hands of the Palestinians. Israel may respond to peaceful gestures, yes, but do I expect them? Only minimally. Israel must also be prepared to continue to trounce them.

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