by Mort Zuckerman
Will the world applaud
On the contrary. The common response of a world professedly eager for peace was to criticize
The multiple injustices of these years, compounded by the abysmal performance of the media in separating truth from propaganda, have produced a political transformation in
It is not on the world's agenda to dream of doing anything, even to make a murmur of protest, when the Hamas leadership in
How do the Israelis, without absolute control of the territory, prevent Hamas from turning into the Palestinian version of Hezbollah?
When the Israelis consider evacuating their military forces from the
The nightmare scenario for
I have stood on that ridge. It is hard to explain to Americans how close everything is. That is why any Middle East settlement would require a fully demilitarized Palestinian entity and a method for
Perhaps it would be different if the Israelis had confidence that the current
Yet the Obama administration disavowed this commitment—with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton saying that Bush's pledge "did not become part of the official position of the
The scene is even more menacing if we consider the regional scenario of a Palestinian state inspired by
The Israeli experience in
A sovereign Palestinian state that refuses to accept an international force is bad enough. Worse yet is that, in practice, organizations like Hezbollah and Hamas can render any international force ineffective. This is what occurred when European monitors were placed at
Paradoxically, the presence of U.N. forces creates an obstacle to
Let's not forget the Oslo Accord and its 1995 interim agreement. The PLO failed to honor the agreement. In fact, Yasser Arafat, Abbas's predecessor as PLO leader, supplied competing security organizations with thousands of weapons that were prohibited in the agreements he had signed. Again contrary to the
There is an old saying: "Nobody ever washes a rental car." Only
Until this same kind of security is assured, the two-state solution is not a solution at all, but a dramatic escalation of risk.
Mort Zuckerman is editor-in-chief and publisher of U.S. News and World Report.
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