Confronting Terrorism Is the Quickest Route to Peace

(Times-UK) Daniel Finkelstein - While Hamas remained outside the political process altogether and Abbas was the public face of the Palestinians, it was possible to pretend that there could be peace, some sort of negotiated settlement, without first defeating terrorism. The idea was that a land deal would bring an end to violence. This is, and always has been, an illusion. The truth is the exact opposite - an end to violence will bring a land deal. With the ascent of Hamas to office, at last the funders of the Palestinian Authority and the diplomatic community may see that the quickest route to peace lies in confronting terrorism, rather than appeasing it. Everything else has failed. It's all we have left.

2006-02-03 00:00:00

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