27 May 2007

Statecraft in the absence of statesmen

"Israel's ability to advance a confederative arrangement between the Palestinians and Jordan while ensuring Israel's continued control over Area C is wholly dependent on the skill of its leaders. Sadly, it is impossible to believe that Olmert, who is willing to endanger the country by engaging Syria, would be capable of conceptualizing, let alone managing such delicate discussions. Indeed, in all likelihood, were Olmert to begin such discussions, he would do so while running roughshod of Israel's security. And by doing so, he would cancel the possibility of reaching a mutually beneficial arrangement for years to come.

This then points to the greatest failure of the Olmert government. Not only is it incapable of recognizing dangers. It is also blind to opportunities."

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