March 05, 2003

French Ambassador to Israel ...has

French Ambassador to Israel

...has an op-ed in Haaretz. Interesting to see how the French are pitching their Iraq stance to the Israelis.

"Today's world cannot subscribe to a dualistic logic of good and evil. Without conceding anything of the necessity of getting rid of the threat of weapons of mass destruction, my country believes in the force of its arguments and it intends to promote them relentlessly. This is both our right and our duty." [my emphasis].

Does "relentlessly" mean a veto? Perhaps it does.

Today also, a suicide bombing occurred in Haifa. Meanwhile, Israelis debate the merits of Sharon's muscular military tactics in Gaza.

"Overpopulated, underprivileged Gaza, the stepchild of Israel and the Palestinians alike, is presenting Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's new government with its first military policy challenge, a literally vicious circle of violence so inconclusive that it has raised an outcry among the very Israelis the policy was designed to protect.
In the West Bank, there has been ongoing debate among Palestinians over the efficacy of mounting attacks in Israel proper. In the Gaza Strip, however, Palestinian rage over civilian casualties in IDF raids - estimated to constitute as much as 30 percent of total Palestinian casuaties in Gaza violence involving Israel - has kept support for Hamas gunners at fever pitch."

Posted by Gregory at March 5, 2003 04:07 PM
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