Wednesday, January 23, 2008

I Escaped from Gaza and Hamas "Escapes" to Egypt!

The Breakout of the Gaza Strip reminds me that it was almost 10 years ago that I was short-listed to run UNRWWA in the Gaza Strip---a thankless task my health couldn't put up with.

At that time, there was a glimmer of hope, though the Oslo Accords had not panned out, the Barak government in Israel and the Clinton Administration appeared serious about some sort of long-term reconciliation, if Arafat could be brought on board. Of course, that little terrorist lost any chance of some sort of compromise by walking away from Camp David and starting the Second Intifada, so I was finally happy that I'd never received the appointment.

Condi Rice made the cardinal mistake of including parties in an election who were not willing to look for peace with Israel. She naively believed that Hamas had no chance of electoral success, not realizing just how balkanized the Palestinian political system had become.

Now a full-fledged terrorist movement controls the Gaza Strip and there is no short-term solution. The EU and UN bleed openly for the terrorists, but no one gives them much clout in the Road Map.

So as long as the rockets fly out of Gaza and the Egyptians keep the roaches in their motel [the Hamas leadership, not the sad victims of their leadership, who nevertheless voted for a terrorist government] until some new step is devised to get everyone off the dime.

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