ان سيطرة حماس على غزة يجب أن لا
تفاجئ أحداً فالإشارات على ذلك
موجودة هناك منذ وقت طويل, ان
سياسة دعم المعتدلين و محاصرة
المتطرفين التي اتبعها أولمرت
بالتعاون مع الولايات المتحدة
قد تلقت ضربة قوية فالمقاطعة
السياسية والاقتصادية التي
فرضت على حكومة حماس لم تضعف
الدعم الشعبي للحركة و لم تفلح
في تليين مواقفها.
takeover of the Gaza Strip should have surprised no one.
The signs had been there for a long time. The policy of
"strengthening the moderates and isolating the
extremists" that the Olmert government adopted with
American backing has taken a mortal blow. The economic
and political boycott of Hamas and its government did
not weaken Palestinian support for the movement, nor did
these moves soften its positions.
there is a hostile entity on Israel's southern border,
headed by an armed group that opposes the existence of
Israel and refuses to recognize it. This is precisely
the difference between Hamas and Fatah, headed by
Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, who is
obligated to the peace process and seeks a historic
compromise between the Palestinian national movement and
Zionism. Hamas, which views the destruction of Israel as
a religious imperative, at most speaks of a cease-fire.
is not the "strong man" Israel hoped would
lead the PA, prevent terror and "bring order"
to the territories. But under the circumstances, Abbas
has become the last chance for a diplomatic process to
divide the land and establish a peaceful, terror-free
Palestinian state alongside Israel.
is in Israel's supreme interest that the West Bank not
follow in Gaza's footsteps. But for this to be realized,
the Olmert government must change fundamentally and
immediately its approach to relations with the
Palestinians. The harsh scenes from Gaza have
illustrated that empty declarations about
"assisting the moderates" and pledges to
"ease restrictions" are not enough.
reshuffled government, with Ehud Barak as defense
minister, must draft a new and credible policy to
strengthen Abbas and show the Palestinian public that
moderation is worthwhile, and that there is an
alternative to Hamas rule and the PA disintegrating.
Such a policy must include freezing settlements,
dismantling outposts, releasing Palestinian tax money
and actually removing roadblocks and easing movement.
steps to improve the life of Palestinians in the West
Bank must be accompanied by renewing final status talks
in order to present a real diplomatic horizon, not just
foggy declarations. Such negotiations would be bolstered
by a more positive Israeli attitude toward the
Arab-Saudi peace initiative, which would give regional
backing to renewing the diplomatic process. At the same
time, pressure must continue on the Hamas leaders in
Gaza. They must be treated based on their actions, and
military entanglement in the Strip must be avoided.
Olmert has proved in recent weeks that he is a skilled
politician who keeps his cool under pressure and knows
how to maneuver the political system in Jerusalem.
Starting now, his leadership will be tested in the face
of this serious political and security crisis, which
will require no small amount of creativity, openness and
flexibility from Israel.
must not miss what may be the last opportunity for an
arrangement with the Palestinians, in his efforts to buy
time and satisfy his right-wing coalition partners, as
he has done so far. This is the time for national
leadership, and not for tricks to stay in power.
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