Student Union opens ‘hasbara’ room in effort to fill public diplomacy vacuum.
As The Jewish Press is about to go to press Tuesday evening, Hamas spokesmen are still declaring that they have no intention of adhering to a cease-fire. Whether Arafat was serious or not when he declared a cease-fire the other day, the bottom line is that none is in the immediate offing. Yet one gets the sense that the Palestinians are indeed inching towards an interruption of hostilities. Not because they have decided on peace, but rather because Arafat ? who plainly controls Palestinian events beyond the immediate short term ? has become convinced that he has run the string out on this phase of violent confrontation. As we have noted several times, when Arafat becomes convinced that he can no longer count on third party pressure on Israel to wring further concessions as a precondition to resuming negotiations, he will do what he has to do to get Israel back to the negotiating table ? it is his goal to renew the process of once again recycling unfulfilled promises in return for tangible Israeli concessions brought about, in turn, by fresh third party pressure on Israel.
Thus, following Prime Minister Sharon?s unilateral declaration of a cease-fire, the worldwide revulsion at the carnage last Friday night, and statements from Secretary of State Powell and other world leaders that the violence must stop unconditionally, Arafat can now be counted upon to drop his demand for an Israeli concession on the settlements as a precondition to stopping the violence.
So all things being equal, it is likely that there will soon be a resumption of negotiations. The violence will have ebbed. With a wink and a nod to Hamas and their ilk, Arafat will will have made some gesture at arresting recently released terrorists. And there will have been some lessening of the incitement. Prime Minister Sharon will have pronounced himself satisfied, and once again talks will be held.
But there is an important additional dimension to all of this that has so far escaped attention. Secretary Powell sent Arafat an unmistakable message this past Sunday when he spoke in unusually positive terms of former President Clinton?s coming this close to brokering a deal between Israel and the Palestinians. Arafat can now expect that there will be American pressure on Israel to pick up the resumed negotiations at the point they left off at Camp David ? despite Prime Minister Sharon?s vehement statements to the contrary ? which is what Arafat had in mind all along.
Push is soon going to come to shove and a chastened world ? including President Bush ? will move mountains to avoid going back to the abyss of the last eight months. All to the detriment of Israel.
At that point, it can be expected that the old divisions that wrecked our fractured Jewish community over Oslo will reassert themselves and the current unity occasioned by the Palestinian outrages can be expected to fade.
We pray Mr. Sharon is up to the coming test.
About the Author:
If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.
Comments are closed.
Charges from the court of world public opinion and their refutations.
It is up to our government to ensure that their sacrifices were not made for short-term gains.
Supporting Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East, has become dangerous in Malmo.
Regional pro-US Arab countries rely on Israel as a deterrence to rogue Islamic regimes.
He has always supported the underdog, once even quite literally, legislating a law that prohibits the abandonment of pets.
Temech is about providing a community – a place where religious women can learn, collaborate and refresh themselves with like-minded people.
Netanyahu has decided that the lives of Israeli are more important than looking good for Obama, U.N. and the NY Times.
Many Jews join the Israel-haters with their progressive ideology and politically correct obsessions.
“The will to triumph is a prerequisite for victory.” Abba Kovner
How can you run away from Israel and all the things that have shaped your life?
“Am HaNetzach Eino Mefached Mi Derech Aruka” (An eternal people doesn’t fear the long journey).
Isn’t it comforting to know that our God loves life, grants life, and promises eternal life?
So Hamas needed a way to end the blockade and secure the release of its prisoners.
In fact, the two suspects were arrested by Israeli authorities – not, as the Times tried artfully to suggest, by Mr. Abbas’s Palestinian Authority.
Unfortunately, we must deal with some of the practical lessons of this tragedy. The murders did not happen in a vacuum.
It is no secret the president is furious with Republicans in Congress for blocking his efforts to change immigration laws.
The Rebbe was an acknowledged Torah scholar, seminal Torah personality, and one of the most influential Jewish leaders of the 20th century.
Does anyone think the president has a formula to deal with Russian and Chinese land grabs?
Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/editorial/watch-for-it/2001/07/04/
Scan this QR code to visit this page online: