Thursday, August 18, 2005

A Little, Um, Tone Deaf?

I usually like Condoleeza Rice. But I've got to say, on a day like today, day 4 of the Disengagement, and before the Palestinians have done the first thing to rein in the terrorism that is quite likely to erupt in the wake of the Jewish departure from Gaza, this strikes me as extremely tone deaf.
``Everyone empathizes with what the Israelis are facing,'' she said, but added, ``It cannot be Gaza only.''

Rice insisted that soon after the pullout is complete Israel must take additional steps, including loosening travel restrictions in the West Bank and withdrawing from more Palestinian cities, the newspaper said.

Israeli officials have said they will not make further concessions unless the Palestinian Authority begins dismantling and disarming Palestinian militant groups, the article said.
Good for those anonymous Israeli officials. And I hope they don't. Unlike Oslo, this time around, let's insist on reciprocity and the PA actually living up to their agreements.


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