What Should Be Done?

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  • Should Israel try to negotiate a “shelf agreementâ€? — a final-status deal that would then be put on the shelf until Abbas is strong enough to actually implement it, or should any negotiations wait until Abbas is strong enough to implement what is agreed to? (Haaretz)
  • Gideon Levy says that the “boycott on the Palestinian Authority with the aim of weakening Hamas… has yielded its fruits: Hamas has become stronger.â€? So he asks: “Will we continue the boycott policy until an even more extreme and dangerous government arises in Gaza, such as the global jihad or Al-Qaida?â€? He argues that the boycott should be dropped in exchange for an absolute end to Kassams and the release of Shalvit and Alan Johnston, noting: “With or without Hamas, only a prosperous Gaza will change its direction.â€? (Haaretz)
  • Susie Becher of the Meretz-Yachad Party argues that Israel should go for a Final Status agreement which does not seek to split the Palestinians, because leaders and peoples “do not have the luxury of waiting generations to see how it unfolds.â€? (Ynet)
  • Opposition leader Binyamin Netanyahu says that Jordan should dispatch its Palestinian-Jordanian “Badr Brigadeâ€? to the West Bank, but many on the right attack the idea. (Israel National News)
  • With no military option from Israel, Fatah or Egypt available, and Hamas unwilling to relax its grip on Gaza, Israel’s only chance of unseating Gaza, and a slim one at that, says Danny Rubinstein, is “offering a genuine alternative … pushing for an accord along the lines of the Arab Peace Initiative. (Haaretz)
  • Shaul Arieli argues that a deal with Fatah covers too small a proportion of the Palestinians. (Ynet)
  • Pointing to lands taken in 1967 – “Historic Jerusalem, the Cave of the Patriarchs, Hebron and Gush Etzion, Mount Grizim and Mount Ebal, Shilo and Beit El, the Ayalon and Dotan Valleys and other placesâ€?, Elyakim Haetzni brushes aside the difficulties and asks: “Is there another people in this world that after all this would seek to destroy such an enterprise – education, science, Torah, industry, agriculture, a fantastic infrastructure – that cost billions? Where is that fool who would dispose of all his assets because they cause him too many worries?â€? (Ynet)
Posted on June 27, 2007

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