Cal Tzedek: On Peace Partnership

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

On Peace Partnership

In tonight's vice-presidential debate, both Cheney and Edwards said that Israel has "no partner for peace," and both emphasized the failure of Arafat.

Now, I'm no big fan of Arafat, but perhaps the two gentlemen would like to consider this bombshell published this evening in Haaretz:

"The significance of the disengagement plan is the freezing of the peace process," Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's senior adviser Dov Weisglass told Haaretz, in an interview for the Friday Magazine....

Weisglass does not deny that the main achievement of the Gaza plan is the freezing of the peace process in a "legitimate manner." "That is exactly what happened," he said. "You know, the term `peace process' is a bundle of concepts and commitments. The peace process is the establishment of a Palestinian state with all the security risks that entails. The peace process is the evacuation of settlements, it's the return of refugees, it's the partition of Jerusalem. And all that has now been frozen.... what I effectively agreed to with the Americans was that part of the settlements would not be dealt with at all, and the rest will not be dealt with until the Palestinians turn into Finns. That is the significance of what we did."

Maybe it's true that Israel has no partner for peace, but this suggests that it hasn't exactly been bending over backwards looking for one.

Haaretz will publish the full interview with Weisglass on Friday.

-Ehud


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