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Saturday, November 1, 2003

He writes about the "Geneva Initiative" in today's Boston Globe. Now personally, I have a real "thing" about electoral losers playing leader, and I'm very suspicious of this new initiative. It's coming from everyone but the one source it should be coming from: Israel's elected leaders - the people in who's hands the Israeli people have entrusted their future, and who should be the ones, and in fact are the only ones, who can possibly put together and implement comprehensive plans.

This thing is either one of the biggest hopes or one of the greatest dangers Israel has ever faced.

Boston.com / News / Boston Globe / Editorial / Opinion / Op-ed / From the Mideast moderates, a bold plan for peace

IN ISRAEL, with the Geneva initiative in hand, we are waging a major campaign for a radically different tomorrow, one in which Israel's right to exist peacefully as a Jewish and democratic state will be secured. In the near future all citizens will receive in their mailboxes the draft of a negotiated settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Just days after release of some of the most salient details, a poll taken by the Israeli daily Ma'ariv found that nearly half of the respondents already supported the initiative.

The Geneva initiative is the culmination of negotiations between Palestinian moderates and moderate Israeli political leaders and security experts. It is a detailed accord that meets Palestinian needs for a just and viable state alongside Israel and Israeli needs for security and the promise of peaceful relations with its Arab neighbors.

Contrary to the claims of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, this plan entails neither surrender nor betrayal of Israel. Instead it offers the potential to realize the principles on which Israel was founded -- the creation of a democratic Jewish state...

Again, I have to ask, what has really changed since Taba on the Palestinian side that indicates in any way that this will actually work?

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Again, I have to ask, what has really changed since Taba on the Palestinian side that indicates in any way that this will actually work?

They have much better brainwashing Shihada commericals and videos now.

I heard Mitzna is going to take over the negotiations with the Histardut next week because him and Peres say they just don't like the way that Netanyahu has been handling them, and if Sharon and Netanyahu do anything else that they don't approve of they're going to tell the public that they think its time for new elections, but they'll hold things down until then.

"Syme: It's a beautiful thing, the destruction of words. You wouldn't have seen the [Newspeak] Dictionary 10th edition, would you Smith? It's that thick. [illustrates thickness with fingers] The 11th Edition will be that [narrows fingers] thick. Winston Smith: So, The Revolution will be complete when the language is perfect? Syme: The secret is to move from translation, to direct thought, to automatic response. No need for self-discipline. Language coming from here [the larynx], not from here [the brain]" -1984 (film)


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