Thursday, June 23, 2005

Regarding pictures on front page, "Gunfire greets official at Palestinian refugee camp", IHT, June 23, 2005 ( published in IHT, June 24, 2005 ):
Even though Israel obviously carries some serious responsibility for the chaos within Palestinian society, events like this make clear that one cannot blame the Israelis for all the misery that is afflicting the Palestinians. They also partly explain why many Israelis fear that a Palestinian state in the Westbank and Gaza Strip might turn into some sort of Feudistan. The occupation should be ended - better today than tomorrow - but it is evident that without American, European, Arab ( and Israeli ) assistance and thorough internal reforms a Palestinian state has no chances whatsoever of developing into an independent, prosperous and viable democracy.

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