Tuesday, March 15, 2005

A regular visitor to this blog, who keeps up with the news more and better than me and than most people I know, made me aware of something that I missed. The fact that Sharon received the Dutch PM - who together with tens of other important international figures will attend today's opening of the (re)new(ed) Yad Vashem museum in Jerusalem - after Mr Balkenende had visited his Palestinian colleague, shows how much things have changed here. Before Arafat's death it would have been inconceivable for any foreign dignitary to be officially received by Israel after having first visited the Palestinians. Maybe the optimism of people like Kofi Anan regarding a certain Israeli-Palestinian peace process is not entirely out of place.

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