Sunday, September 14, 2003

ARAFAT'S EXPULSION: I don't know what to make of it. I don't quite see what Sharon is trying to accomplish with this. His expulsion will make him a living legend. Am I the only one who thinks that Tunis and Cairo will actually make it easier for Arafat to exercise control over Fatah or his future puppet in comparison to his half-destroyed compund in Ramallah? Putting Arafat on trial would be a embaressment, because it's likely he has a copy of the Kahane Commission report somewhere. Besides, is anyone convinced that this is being done for the sake of peace? If so, than it's in complete contradiction of Sharon's actions. The Soviet Union didn't build their wall in Berlin because they wanted to live in peace and harmony with the West.

Of course, the Jerusalem Post is in it's usual insane, ranting-mode:

[W]e must kill Yasser Arafat, because the world leaves us no alternative.
Following the roadmap? Dismanteling the settlements and outposts? Normalizing Palestinian life? Withdrawing to the status-quo of September 28th, 2000? Ending violence against Palestinians everywhere? Stop demolishments of Palestinian homes? Ending destruction of Palestinian institutions and infrastructure? Lift curfews? Excuse me for repeating the Roadmap.

It's this deranged notion of thinking by those who have lost all sanity and balance that leaves the prospect of peace so far away. Here's a newsflash: Russia, the United States, the United Nations, the European Union, the Arab League and the Palestinians have all said the same thing, yet you did not listen. While your leaders met at Aqaba, your soldiers kept grabbing land. Am I the only one who does not think that the fate of the Palestinians and Israelis, of the region itself, relies on what Yasser Arafat or Mahmoud Abbas eat for breakfast, but on the occupying power who hold all the cards?

On a related note, there's a New York Times article on the city of Abu Dis, which emphasizes the problem that the Jewish settlements pose.
Just down the slope to the east, blocking any growth by Abu Dis in that direction, is the giant fenced Israeli settlement of Maale Adumin, with its precisely planned lanes, red-tiled roofs and emerald lawns. Maale Adumin has some 30,000 residents, compared with the roughly 50,000 people in Abu Dis and its neighboring villages.
Abu Dis lies just inside the West Bank, south-east of Jerusalem. According to another website on the city, Ma'li Adumim (alternative spelling of Maale Adumin) is an old colony. In June of 2000, another settlement by the name of "Kedma Tzion" was build. A satelite map of Abu Dis can be found here. (Note that this city is being called a "future Palestinian capital" by some.

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