Lest I be accused of laying into an easy mark, I just wanted to make it clear that even though Dennis Ross may appear to be a gibbering idiot with about as firm a grasp on current events as the Leader of the Free World, he is in fact a respected
The writer was director for policy planning in the State Department under President George H.W. Bush and special
So says the blurb at the end of his article in yesterday’s Washington Post.
…Both Israelis and Palestinians were wondering about the consequences of
As if we didn’t know that Israel was doing precisely that – sending Fatah militants off for arming and training by the US and sending them back into Gaza effectively to l
All those I spoke with were worried about the consequences of
They feared it would spell the end of even the possibility of a two-state solution. Most were convinced Hamas would never accept peace with
There has never been a possibility of a two state ‘solution’ that provides justice for the Palestinians, especially the 1948 refugees and the ‘Israeli Arabs’, or a really politically and economically viable Palestinian state. Dennis Ross preferred not to ask whether
Interestingly, there was consensus among Israelis and Palestinians on the dangers of
That danger would only arise, of course, if
Among some I heard an interesting proposal: Let's make the West Bank work -- socially, economically and institutionally -- then hold up our model of success in contrast to the failure of
Sounds good in theory, but I doubt it would work.
That would be some theory. As Israel commemorates forty years since it reclaimed jurisdiction over the ‘united Jerusalem’ and Judea and Samaria, how is Fatah, who, Ross acknowledges, ‘lost the elections bec
No matter how sensible confederation between the Palestinian state and
It might make sense to someone who, like Dennis Ross, hasn’t consulted a map and doesn’t realise that
Moreover, while West Bank and Gaza Palestinians have much that divides them, they still have a common identity as Palestinians; the creation of a Palestinian state without
But after this brief return to Planet Earth, off he goes again to explain how it’s up to Egypt to prevent the ‘state’ of Gaza from arming itself against its sworn enemy and it’s up to ‘us’ to help ‘rebrand’ Fatah ‘to compete socially, economically and politically’ with Hamas.
Nothing embarrasses these guys.