|Thursday, December 28, 2006|
|Weekly Commentary: From failure to failure - the Livni Plan - and test for Olmert|
Weekly Commentary: From failure to failure - the Livni Plan - and test for
Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni has a plan.
"I'm talking about an operative diplomatic plan with quite a high
But first, a reality check.
Livni: "The diplomatic result of the war - UN General Assembly Resolution
That's right. The same Livni who is confidently certain that she has a
"1701 is a success" - the Israeli hostages remain in Lebanon.
"1701 is a success" - Hezbollah not only wasn't disarmed but has rearmed,
The last thing Israel needs is another such "success".
Foreign Minister Livni certainly has confidence in diplomacy:
"The separation fence provided a solution for the suicide bombers and it
Does Livni have in mind the same kind of "successful" arrangement in the
But what's wrong with postponing Palestinian security compliance and sitting
Wouldn't it be easier for the Palestinian "moderates" to finally get around
From the day that Yasser Arafat got away with donning a military uniform
And the same combination of excuses, denial and wishful thinking that got
"Yes, there is an agreement, but the Palestinian street won't disarm until
"The moderates need time to establish themselves before they can act."
"The new state is too fragile for the civil war that a clash over disarming
"We can't let a small minority hold implementation up."
And of course the ever popular: "and there weren't attacks before?"
If anything, Palestinian implementation of security obligations would serve
Will Israel finally hold its ground and truly insist on compliance?
Prime Minister Olmert, who sees Livni's program as a challenge against his
But talk is cheap.
Next week's meeting in Egypt provides Olmert with an opportunity to
Instead of following the Israeli tradition of publicly kissing Mubarak's
Dr. Aaron Lerner, Director IMRA (Independent Media Review & Analysis)
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