December 14, 2005

IT'S CALLED ACCEPTING REALITY:

Sharon Advisor Says PM Will Partition Jerusalem (Ezra HaLevi, 12/14/05, Arutz Sheva)

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's senior campaign pollster Kalman Gayer has let the cat out of the bag: Sharon plans to divide Israel's capital, Jerusalem, should he win the elections.

Gayer made the statements speaking with Newsweek about the extent of the withdrawals Sharon is willing to make in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem.

The relevant passage in the Newsweek article states as follows:

"In theory, Gayer says, Sharon would accept a Palestinian state in Gaza and 90 percent of the West Bank, and a compromise on Jerusalem, in exchange for peace. But the Israeli leader does not believe Palestinians will be able to deliver peace or make other compromises—like forgoing the right of refugees to return to their old homes in Israel—in his lifetime (Sharon is 78). In the meantime, Sharon wants to "lay the contours of an agreement with the Palestinians," according to Gayer, by creating a Palestinian state in half the West Bank and implementing confidence-building measures."

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 14, 2005 12:39 PM
Comments

What was it Santayana said about those who can't remember the past .... Sharon is too old and his memory too unreliable if he can't remember what happened the last time they tried this.


Posted by: erp at December 14, 2005 1:56 PM

Well, the quotes don't seem to deliver what the article promises. The quotes say that, in theory, Sharon would be willing to compromise on Jerusalem for a lasting peace, but that the Palestinians can't deliver a lasting peace.

I'm for lots of things if only something impossible happens first. Heck, I'm for high gas taxes, just as soon as someone invents the transporter.

Posted by: David Cohen at December 14, 2005 2:31 PM

The peace follows statehood, why would it precede?

Posted by: oj at December 14, 2005 3:12 PM

i will donate my prized collection of arafat mugs to charity, once the palistinians meet their treaty obligations. betting against the palistinians is easy money, every time.

Posted by: noam chomsky at December 14, 2005 3:14 PM

noam:

We say we can do anything we want to terrorists because they're stateless.

Posted by: oj at December 14, 2005 3:28 PM

Because that's what the Israelis are offering: Sharon would accept a Palestinian state in Gaza and 90 percent of the West Bank, and a compromise on Jerusalem, in exchange for peace.

In the end, the fence is going to give the Palestinians a de facto state for de facto peace, but not much, if any, of Jerusalem.

Posted by: David Cohen at December 14, 2005 3:41 PM

I would dearly love to visit Israel and the rest of the Middle East, the Balkans, and Albania where my ancestors hung out before they smartened up and came to America a hundred years ago. I don't know how much longer my achy bones will be up to the trip, so I wish please that peace would break out sooner rather than later.

Posted by: erp at December 14, 2005 3:48 PM

I don't see any real reason for the Israelis to give up Jerusalem. There needs to be some loss by the Palestinians for their failure to accept Baruk's offer years ago. The Palestinians really have no leverage on the issue of Jerusalem. I don't know if "compromise on Jerusalem" means partition.

Posted by: Chris Durnell at December 14, 2005 3:48 PM

oj: not sure i get your point, re: do anything we want.

Posted by: noam chomsky at December 14, 2005 5:21 PM

You can't hold Palestinians responsible as a people until you give them a state.

Posted by: oj at December 14, 2005 5:40 PM

you can if they refuse time and again to accept having a state. i mean it, these arafat mugs aren't going anywhere until they show some good faith.

Posted by: noam chomsky at December 14, 2005 5:53 PM

It's a good strategy. They get a mini-state (with half the West Bank, nothing of Jerusalem) forced upon them, and if they commit to a lasting peace they get another 40% of the West Bank including part of Jerusalem. That's fair.

Posted by: pj at December 14, 2005 5:59 PM

noam:

You're ceding power to the extremists. Just declare it a state and it is one. They'll make it work.

Posted by: oj at December 14, 2005 6:04 PM

Mr. Judd;

I expect they'll make it work about as well as the Somalis.

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at December 14, 2005 11:41 PM

heh (c)

Posted by: glenn reynolds at December 15, 2005 12:26 AM

AOG:

They have a big advantage over Africa because Marxism is out of vogue.

Posted by: oj at December 15, 2005 7:38 AM
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