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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

A headline you'll never see

First, the ones you have seen:

Haim Ramon: "Israel is ready to make painful concessions for peace."

Ariel Sharon: Israel is "ready to make painful concessions" for the
sake of "genuine, durable, real peace."

Ehud Olmert: "We want peace. We are prepared to make a painful compromise, rife with risks, in order to realize these aspirations."

Ehud Barak:
"Both sides must make painful concessions for peace."

Shimon Peres: "Israel is ready to make painful concessions for peace."

And the one you will never see:

Mahmoud Abbas: "We are prepared to make painful concessions for peace."

Why exactly does only one side keep telling the world that they are willing to make concessions while the other side only makes demands?

It is almost as if only one side is serious about wanting peace....

The ironic part, of course, is that the person who makes demand after demand is considered the "moderate peace partner" and the side that keeps making goodwill gestures and giving up real, strategic assets is considered an intransigent warmonger.