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March 19, 2003

Go Figure

"If Abu Mazen and Yasser Arafat are in fact birds of a feather, the Israeli government and the U.S. State Department wish to cover up the statements and writings of the PLO's designated prime minister as a simple avoidance mechanism. If Abu Mazen, the PLO leader repeatedly referred to as a "moderate," is also vilified for anti-Semitism and support for terrorism, then that leaves the U.S. and Israel to face an uncomfortable, politically devastating truth: There is no partner for peace on the Arab side of the equation, as it is currently drawn. That means that the difference between Hamas and the most moderate of the PLO leadership is only one of tactics; it means that the PLO-run Palestinian Authority must be destroyed, not reformed; it means that the U.S.-designed Road Map to Middle East peace is a sham, leading nowhere.

When the U.S. and even the rightist Israeli prime minister, Ariel Sharon, have already expressed their support for a Palestinian state as part of a greater vision for a postwar New Middle East, it becomes hard to admit that the "vision" is actually a nightmare. Just ask Shimon Peres."

For the entire discussion of the vexing matter of the new Palestinian "PM" read this.