Sunday, August 21, 2011

J.Post August 21: Didn't Work Then


Sir, – On your front page we read the “Goodwill gestures to PA may circumvent plans to unilaterally declare statehood, defense officials say,” while on Page 2 we read “Abbas: We’ll seek recognition despite US, Israel opposition.”

Although initially it appears totally ludicrous, it is an indication of a mind-set fraught with grave consequences.

The officials who are proponents of goodwill gestures – despite their utter futility and Israel’s long, bitter experience – include Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz. They are in favor of removing more checkpoints and the release of Fatah prisoners from Israeli jails. On whose side are they?

ZEV CHAMUDOT
Petah Tikva