Monday, March 25, 2002

PLANNED LEAK? The Post says Israel is planning for war if the most recent truce talks fail:
If the talks fail as Palestinian violence continues, there is widespread and growing support both in Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's government and in the army for what one official called a "comprehensive military confrontation" with the Palestinians.
Forgive me if I don't hold my breath: the Israelis have followed repeated promises of war with wholly anemic military action. They've shown no willingness to actually bring the war to the Palestinian government (sorry, bombing empty police stations and killing the odd Palestinian "policeman" or official security goon doesn't count). One can still hope, though, and maybe this story isn't a malicious leak by the suicidal Israeli "peace" constituency. Maybe it's the judicious application of threat in the aid of negotiation.

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