Wednesday, April 08, 2009
# Posted 6:42 PM by Ariel David Adesnik
What Abrams is against is taking new land for settlements:
Israeli settlement expansion beyond the security fence, in areas Israel will ultimately evacuate, is a mistake: It wastes Israeli resources and needlessly antagonizes the Palestinians who live nearby.This kind of expansion is also rare; thus it isn't much of a threat to peace talks.
There are plenty of reasons to be pessimistic about the peace process, however. For a closer look, I recommend Abrams' recent cover story in the Weekly Standard. The details are important, but the essence of argument is this. Fatah can't make peace. Hamas won't. American efforts to keep negotiations going are a waste of energy that could spent dealing with real problems in the West Bank.
Cross-posted at Conventional Folly (1) opinions -- Add your opinion