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Friday, April 22, 2005

Abbas and the fence

Much has been said about the revilatised chances for Middle East peace since the appointment of Mahmoud Abbas as leader of the Palestinian Authority. The following cartoon from Steve Breen of The San Diego Union-Tribune, January 13, 2005 is quite clever in its addressing of two issues in one breath. The cartoon highlights Abbas's difference in rhetoric to Palestinian militants and the Arab world and to Israel and the West while using the background of the Israeli security barrier being built.

Mahmoud Abbas and the fence

On the one hand he is being hailed as the leader to resolve the conflict and a Palestinian leader ready to do the work for true and lasting peace. While this is the face he puts forward to Israel and the West, his words and promises to militants seems reminiscent of Arafat rhetoric. It was for much too long that the world ignored the "two faces of Arafat", one for Palestinians and one for Israel. The result of this was that emphasis was on the argument about the merits of Arafat as a leader to bring peace (when it was obvious he was only a terrorist interested in his own gain), and the emphasis of all efforts should have been on dealing with the roots of the problem e.g. Palestinian propaganda. Either way the point is that for the sake of all of us I pray that Abbas does not try and follow in the footsteps of Arafat (in any way!), and if he does I pray that the world does not fall for it this time.


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