Regions / Israel
Not only has Sharon's war on Arafat unified the Arab world in ways not seen in decades, it has also had the effect of undermining the legal basis for the continuing sanctions and U.S. bombing of Iraqi targets.
The security of Israelis and Palestinians is intertwined
Today, Ariel Sharon and his government are creating a third wave of Palestinian refugees by attacking those very same refugees who, decades ago, fled for their lives and have been living under illegal Israeli occupation ever since.
Does this reawakening of Israel's peace camp (Peace Now's was the second such protest in a week) mean that the Israeli consensus behind Ariel Sharon is cracking?
The Palestinian collective memory is blistered by the fact that Palestine was violated, with the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948.
Instead of forging forward on a new path, the U.S. thrust has been to join an Israeli character assassination of elected Palestinian President Yaser Arafat.
Most of the actions needed to make this conviction a reality are the same issues that are being called for by Palestinians themselves, the establishment of rule of law, accountability of decisionmaking, and collective leadership--in other words, concrete
The U.S. first, and subsequently the EU, have adopted the Israeli view that the core of the problem is Yasir Arafat.
It might be time for Israel to confess to its true intentions in the Palestinian territories.
What is needed is a shot of adrenaline, and not a warmed-over initiative with no substance and no chance of success.