The Jerusalem Post
BARAK MAY think that a combination of carrot-and-stick tactics, coupled with the spinning machine of American-Israeli propaganda, may cajole Palestinians to laud whatever is given them because one lark in the hand is worth ten on the branch. But a peace imposed by force will only last for as long as the force is there. Once it is no longer there, grievances will resurface. The Palestinian people, whether those still living within historic Palestine or in the Diaspora, will not be bound by any agreement that may be signed by Arafat that doesn't restore Palestinian rights.
THERE WILL never be a durable peace in the Middle East without a settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict acceptable both to most Israelis and to most Palestinians. There will also never be a lasting settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict without a solution to the status of Jerusalem acceptable both to most Israelis and to most Palestinians. If Israelis and Palestinians can agree - and soon - that a mutually acceptable solution for the status of Jerusalem does exist, all the other pieces in the delicate peace puzzle could still fall into place. (John V Whitbeck)
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