Tuesday, June 19, 2007
An Opportunity, perhaps?
I think the administration (with the Israeli government) is acting correctly in releasing funds and providing more aid to the Abbas government of the Palestinian Authority. Let's develop and encourage a willing state in the West bank--one whose citizenry doesn't want to return to chaos, to killing its young, to political mayhem and pure rejectionism. Polls out last week showed that many Palestinians--in Gaza, even--longed for the degree of order that existed under Israel's management. Make Abbas strong enough to move forward with a government; pull the rug out from under Hamas. I think the benefits would be significant, and worth the risk.