Thursday, June 20, 2002
"Israeli Stand May Hinder Peace."
Apparently, those suicide bombs are a bit of a curveball, but it's the Israeli response that really makes peace impossible.
I noted about a month ago that Paul Korning's usually excellent articles occasionally appeared under idiotic headlines (today's article is by Paul Adams). What gives?
The Palestinian Authority has retreated from the language calling for the right of return for refugees -- one of the most contentious issues holding up a Middle East peace deal -- and is making other major concessions on peace with Israel in a two-page document sent to the United States, Palestinian officials said Wednesday.
It would also be interesting to know what backroom conversations have led to this, if it is true. In a world where the suicide bombing campaign were ended, and where the PA government were cleaned of corruption, this might even be potentially important.
After Arafat issued another call to stop these attacks, primarily because they would provide a pretext for "full Israeli occupation of our lands":
The Islamic militant group Hamas said it would not stop the bombings.
``If we have an effective weapon in our hands and the whole world is trying to take it off us, this kind of reaction shows it to be the most effective way,'' said Ismail Abu Shanab, a Hamas spokesman in the Gaza Strip.
Oh, and just a reminder that the Canadian government continues to hold the position that the "political wing" of Hamas should be allowed to conduct fundraising unfettered in Canada.