Thursday, October 27, 2005


Haaretz - Israel News:

Palestinian Authority senior negotiator Saeb Erekat on Thursday condemned the Iranian President Majmoud Ahmadinejad call for Israel's destruction.

'This is unacceptable to us,' Erekat said. 'We have recognized the state of Israel and we are pursuing a peace process with Israel, and ... we do not accept the statements of the president of Iran. This is unacceptable.'
Peace-Loving Gavriel's hopeful take: What an envigorating breath of fresh air in these depressing times! It is truly a hopeful sign that such a noted Palestinian spokesman would come out to publically repudiate the Iranian president's noxious call to wipe Israel from the map. Given such brave commitment to Israel's continued existence, this should help give some momentum to peace efforts, allowing Israel to offer more concessions in negotiations without fear those concessions are just kindling for a bonfire big enough to consume the Jewish state.

War-Mongering Gavriel's cynical take: What's the big surprise here? Erekat knows exactly how the Iranians plan to do their wiping, and is doubtless aware of blast radiusses and radiation yield projections. He's done nothing but politely and publically request that his ally not drop an atomic bomb on his head. Now if he were facing the other direction with these words, talking to his own people in Arabic, leading them in a cheer of "L'Haim" to the Jewish state's continued existence, and if we heard a groundswell of grassroots Palestinian condemnation of Iran's map-meddling plans, then maybe we might...

Commence breath holding.

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