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Ynetnews reports:

Israel to offer PA goodwill gestures


Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas are set to meet next week to discuss the principles agreed upon at the Sharm summit in February and to try to renew the peace process following Israel’s withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and the northern West Bank. 

 

The last time the two leaders met was in mid-June.

 

Meanwhile, Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper reported Thursday that Israel is planning to offer Abbas additional goodwill gestures in a bid to boost his position vis-a-vis the Hamas.

 

The moves considered by Israel include the release of more Palestinian prisoners, opening up a safe passage between Gaza and the West Bank, removing Israeli forces from Palestinian towns, and allowing the return of wanted terror suspects expelled to Europe.*

Why is it that Israel is always making goodwill gestures, and receiving approximately zero in return? Actually, that’s not entirely true, because we do normally receiving something in return..such as another terrorist attack, on many occasions perpetrated by a recipient of above mentioned goodwill gestures.

 

We last saw a similar example of Israel’s over generosity when our government returned the body of a terrorist to Hizbollah, despite the fact that we received nothing in return, which was especially troubling since Hizbollah never return the bodies of our fallen unless we hand over hundreds of living terrorists.

 

I simply do not understand the Government’s thinking in these cases. It can only lead to more terror and bloodshed.

 

In my humble opinion, the only gesture we should be making towards the PA is this:

 

 

* including the killer of Rehavam Zeevi, an elected Israeli Government minister

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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