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Thursday, July 17, 2003

Good, clear commentary from ISRAPUNDIT:

British Prime Minister Tony Blair told the United States Congress on Thursday that the war on terror would not be won without peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

[Full text of speech at the Washington Post]

Do not accept this thesis. Saying it doesn't make it so. It assumes that Israel can be forced to pacify not only the Palestinians but the Arabs as well. It assumes that the Arabs accept a two state solution. It assumes that Islamic terror cares only about the creation of a Palestinian state. It assumes that Islamic terror all over the world will go away if a deal is struck. It essentially takes the position that the world must pacify the terror masters by creating a Palestinian state. Why will this satisfy them? Why think that terror can be appeased? Well you get the idea. Unfortunately it posits that but for Israeli intransigence, there would be no terror.