June 13, 2003

Middle East Update This is

Middle East Update

This is heartwrenching. But (as Haaretz's news wire is reporting) what's the point of demolishing this family's house? Does it really help deter the specter of future suicide bombings in any fashion?

See too this WaPo piece on Sharon's strategy:

"The attack also shored up Sharon's support among hawkish Israelis, who have grown restive and disaffected over his commitment to the road map.

"You can view the Rantisi attack as a way of telling the Americans, 'We're not in your pocket and we'll do what we have to protect our security interests,' " said Oren.

But Yosef Alpher, an independent analyst, said Sharon had damaged his credibility with the United States. "The attack on Rantisi was a mistake any way you cut it," said Alpher. "You can't have it both ways. If you sign on to the road map process and agree to give [Abbas] a chance, then you have to show restraint. If, on the other hand, you think it's all a sham and that he is impotent, then don't sign on in the first place."

UPDATE: Meanwhile, in some good news, security talks appear set to resume between Dahlan and Mofaz.

Posted by Gregory at June 13, 2003 09:26 AM
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