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Wednesday, 11 June 2008

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David Samuels, "The Silence of the Lambs," in The Jewish Press, November 21, 2007 (http://www.jewishpress.com/print.do/26118/The_Silence_Of_The_Lambs.html): "The question of how and when the expectation of a peaceful Palestinian state existing alongside a secure Israel died is likely to remain a matter of historical dispute. The majority opinion in the United States and Israel holds that Arafat killed the Oslo Process by rejecting Bill Clinton’s outline for an agreement at Camp David in 2000. There are those on the left who blame the settlers, and those on the right who argue that Arafat was an unreconstructed terrorist who used the peace process as a means to further his long-term goal of destroying Israel. Yet it would also be wrong to ignore the historical weakness of the Zionist movement, which inspired Arafat and many of his cronies, as well as the leaders of Hizbullah and its patrons in Iran, to believe that victory was within their reach. While insistence on territorial compromise in response to terrorist attacks may seem like 'moral strength' to post-national sophisticates in Europe and the U.S., it is read in the less-evolved parts of the world as an invitation to pounce on weakened prey."

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