Saturday, March 22, 2003

Two interesting lines in Fridays Jerusalem Post. The first from a PA official on Arafat's successor:

"We have red lines that no Palestinian leader can cross. These include, first and foremost, the right of return for the refugees...Even the most moderate Palestinian leader wouldn't dare cross the red lines." (Italics mine)

Very depressing stuff. Since the one issue Israel simply cannot compromise on is the refugee issue. If the Palestinians stick to this line then no amount of road maps are going to change the situation. I have a very simple view of our current impasse, the Palestinians have a right to self-determination, they do not have a right to determine themselves upon the destruction of the Jewish State. The refugees return would do exactly that, and until this demand is dropped the whole Palestinian national movement is, in my view, inherently illigitimate.
On a higher note:

"Communist regimes and the existential challenges of life under them made us keep alive those ideals and norms that used to constitute Europe decades ago. All those strange ideologies such as postmodernism or political correctness, which stem from the lack of real challenges, went past us."

From a very inspiring article by the ambassador to Israel from the Czech Republic. This is also great:

"Our first president, Tomas Garrigue Masaryk, once said that states survive on those ideals from which they were born."

I think in Israel we must remember this now more then ever.


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