Thursday, September 02, 2004

 

Palestinian Prisoners End Hunger Strike

The Palestinians are claiming that the Israelis agreed to some of their demands, the Israelis are saying that they did not. I don't know what actually happened but I don't think it is a coincidence that the hunger strike ended two days after the suicide bombings in Be'er Sheva that would have irreparably undermined the negotiating position of the Palestinian prisoners.

From the same article in Ha'aretz:
Meanwhile, a militant group associated with Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement has issued a death sentence against Palestinian Foreign Minister Nabil Sha'ath for his readiness to meet with Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom during the hunger strike.

The Jenin Martyrs Brigades, which operates in the Gaza Strip, has distributed a pamphlet warning Sha'ath not to enter Gaza, on penalty of death, Israel Radio reported Thursday.
This is idiocy. What, do the Jenin Martyrs Brigades think that Palestinians are going to win by not negotiating? Yeah, good plan guys - I'm sure a stunning, suprise military victory is right around the corner for the Palestinians. The only way that the Palestinians are able to achieve their goals are through meetings, negotiations, agreements with the Israelis. It might not be fair, it might be unfortunate (especially given the current Israeli administration) but it seems completely counterproductive to issue a death sentence to the Foreign Minister of your country for expressing readiness to meet with other foreign ministers. THAT IS HIS JOB!

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