Addict (drugaddict) wrote,

What's the hurry? -- Ha'aretz for December 27th

This article in the Israeli daily *_Ha'aretz_*  gives excellent insights
into the strained pyrotechnics between Condoleeza Rice and Israel's
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.    Hopefully Rice's attitude which this
article synthesizes will ultimately prevail, but it is obviously a long
and tricky road.  This is a very worthwhile read  [which prints out to 4

QUOTED EXCERPT:    In private conversations - and as she said in
Annapolis - Rice tends to compare the Israeli occupation in the
territories to the racial segregation that used to be the norm in the
American South.
The Israel Defense Forces checkpoints where Palestinians
are detained remind her of the buses she rode as a child in Alabama,
which had separate seats for blacks and whites. This is an uncomfortable
comparison, of course, for the Israelis, who view it as
"over-identification" on her part with Palestinian suffering. For some
leaders of American Jewish organizations, who weren't all that fond of
Rice to begin with, her use of this image was the last straw. Rice is
now marked as an enemy. It's also easier for them to blame her, rather
than the president, for an approach that's not to their liking.    But
Rice's anger at Israel really derives from more current events: She was
deeply offended at the height of the Second Lebanon War, while preparing
to leave for Beirut to pull together a cease-fire, when the IDF killed
Lebanese civilians during the bombing of Kafr Kana. Her trip was
canceled at the last minute, the war went on for more than another two
weeks, and some who know her say that Rice never forgave Israel for this
slap in the face. . . . Rice's exasperation with Israel's behavior stems
primarily from the gap between expectations and results, and from the
fast-dwindling time she has left on the seventh floor of the U.S. State
Department. . . . The problem is that Rice embarked on this campaign in
the belief that she would succeed in cutting the Gordian knot of the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict. She hoped that in Annapolis principles
would be set down for a final-status accord, but Israel told her that
wasn't going to happen. . . . Whether Israel likes it or not, it has
been cast in the role of the obstacle, as the one putting the brakes on
- while Abbas and his prime minister Salam Fayyad are seen as the ones
who want to make progress. Rice, too, wants things to move. The brakes
bother her.     END QUOTE

Regards,  John
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