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>From: Jane Goddard > >And Khrushchev claimed he would bury us and yet still advocated peaceful >coexistance (when he wasn't engaged in rather risky confrontational >behavior). Enemies rarely say nice things about their opponents. >Expecting them to is, frankly, not realistic. What is important is not >what they say, especially for domestic consumption, but what they do (or >are prepared to do). > >Does Israel wish to live in peace? If so, it must conclude peace accords >with those who are willing to sit with it at the table. Wishing and >hoping for a better partner might be good domestic politics, but it is a >choice, one that is not conducive to the achievement of peace. It is >proper to question whether _this_ (Israeli) government really wants >peace. The analogy between the Palestinians, specifically Arafat and Khrushchev's policy of " Peaceful Coexistence " is apt. Khrushchev did not intend " peace " with the West with this policy but rather competition via conflict short of World War III. In many respects he was returning to Leninist roots by supporting "National wars of Liberation " and repudiating Stalin's theory of inevitable war due to " capitalist encriclement ". At no point did Khrushchev eschew ideological competition and the policy of expanding Soviet client states lasted until circa 1989-1990. The Palestinians from what I have observed want a peace with Israel that allows them to carry out terrorism unabated by subcontracting the actions from the PA to HAMAS and Islamic Jihad. Peace, to be meaningful, involves an end to hostilities and as the Palestinians are both unwilling and unable to do so, negotiations at this time are rather pointless. I cannot imagine the United States, China, Russia or Britain tolerating conditions like those endured by Israel brought about by Oslo and I think the reaction of any major power would be considerably harsher than what even Ariel Sharon has mustered thus far. Mark Safranski