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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

What will it take to dump Abu Mazen?

At FrontPageMagazine.com, David Hornik recounts US Secretary of State Condaleeza Rice's anger with 'moderate' 'Palestinian President' Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen over the Mecca Accord at last week's pointless summit, and wonders what it will take for Rice (and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud K. Olmert) to realize that Abu Mazen is not the answer to the question of peace.
America is supposed to be fighting a War on Terror. Would it openly embrace as an ally someone who had worked in close cahoots for years with Bin Laden or Hassan Nasrallah? Would it expect such a person to behave peaceably and responsibly and then be shocked when he openly formed an alliance with other terrorists?

Whatever the extent of Rice’s frustration, it is not yet great enough for her to kick the Abbas-habit. She told the “traveling US press” that “both the U.S. and Israel want to deal with [Abbas’s administration] for as long as they can, in the hope that it will eventually bring about a change” in the Hamas-dominated government and legislature. Olmert, for his part, said “both he and his staff would keep meeting Abbas and his staff.”

One wonders what Abbas would have to do for Rice and Olmert finally to see him differently. Meanwhile, the ongoing Abbas-delusion is a large part of why a U.S. administration sworn to fight terror keeps encouraging the weakest tendencies in Israel, why the jihadist buildup in Gaza continues undisturbed, why Israel keeps living in hair-trigger peril with suicide bombings thwarted almost daily. Does this policy at least influence Washington’s “Arab allies” toward what it views as moderacy? Ask the Saudis.
Unfortunately, the answer is that there is probably nothing Abu Mazen can do that would make Rice and Olmert see him differently, unless, like Arafat, he is caught directly paying for terrorism. And even then, he would just be replaced as the "good guy" by one of his cronies just as he himself replaced Arafat after the Karine A weapons smuggling incident.

4 Comments:

At 9:03 PM, Blogger Lichty said...

We had our answer when they tried to make Abu Alaa the new replacement and that did not take.

I recall reading a report that it was Sharon who foist Abbas as the pragmatic moderate, and now the Condi Rice administration is backed into a corner because they have been touting his moderation for so long with Sharon's and now Olmert's blessing.

It will take Israel to say that Abbas is not moderate and there are no moderates to even give us a chance at this. However, for status quo peace processes to be implemented there has to be a palestinian partner. That is why we see so much back channel pushing by the State Department of the "prisoner document" and its murderous author - Marwan Bargouti.

So long as Israel is forced to play peace process, they will have an abbas or worse to deal with. I do not expect that to change with Netanyahu either.

 
At 2:23 AM, Blogger NY Nana said...

Another question is what will it take to get rid of Rice?

Sadly, I don't think that President
Bush will do it, and Israel is in even more danger because of her.

With the current government in Israel, and the perennial anti-Israel, anti-Semitic stance of State? Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.

They are hopeless.

 
At 8:36 AM, Blogger M. Simon said...

I gave this a link:


Condi Gets Angry With Abbas

 
At 8:38 AM, Blogger M. Simon said...

Slightly OT

from Israpundit

An Israeli General Speaks

Good news

 

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