Friday, November 12, 2004

Roadblock cleared on the roadmap to peace

It was probably time for Arafat to go. He had got the Palestinians to Oslo, but stalled out there. He walked away from a deal with Barak in 2000, and the result has been 4 years of violence. The U.S. tried to marginalize him, but could not remove him. The Palestinians would never have voted him out of office.

This is a golden opportunity to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. If the U.S. uses its leverage with Israel, we could make it happen.

Of course, there are some Palestinians who are still opposed to the existence of Israel.

1 comment:

Jeffrey Hill said...

I'm hoping something good comes out of this, but much depends on whether a moderate Palestinian can lead the people. Arafat did much to poison the well. In the meantime I think Sharon should press on with the fence and work on pulling the settlements out of Gaza.