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posted 12 November 2003 03:36 AM      Profile for majorvictory     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Israeli Pol Tests U.S. Waters for a New 'Geneva Accord'

by Alisa Solomon
November 12 - 18, 2003

our Palestinians, among them a 10-year-old boy, were killed by Israeli troops in Gaza on November 7. A few days earlier, a teenage Palestinian suicide bomber had blown himself up near Israeli forces in the West Bank, wounding a soldier. Earlier that morning, Israel had sealed the city of Nablus, barring the entrance and exit of all traffic, including ambulances, and preventing Palestinians from nearby villages from access to the only medical services for miles. Not a day seems to go by without the carnage in the entrenched conflict continuing to pile up—almost 2,200 Palestinians and nearly 800 Israelis killed in the hostilities since the outbreak of the intifada in September 2000, according to the Israeli human rights group B'Tselem.

But the path to peace has never been clearer, insists Amram Mitzna, the former leader of Israel's Labor Party, who made a whirlwind tour of the American Northeast last week, speaking to Jewish communities to promote the Geneva Accord, a new, unofficial agreement drawn up by Israeli and Palestinian politicians working in secret for the past two and a half years under Swiss sponsorship. Though Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon has attacked the plan as subversive, it won unexpected praise from the Bush administration last Friday. Stopping short of an official endorsement, Secretary of State Colin Powell said in a letter addressed to the initiative's leaders that "projects such as yours are important for sustaining hope and understanding."

More than that, the proposed agreement shifts the paradigm that has framed the current impasse. For the past three years, the mainstream pro-Israeli view has held that the Palestinians were presented with a generous offer at Camp David but rejected it in favor of violence, and that now there is no one with whom to negotiate. Whether one accepts that contested reading or not, the Geneva Accord turns the tables.

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posted 12 November 2003 08:31 AM      Profile for Justice     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
There have always been many partners for peace in Palestine and Israel sadly Sharon and Arafat are not one of them.

I think this a great initiative similar to the one put out by Sari Nussibeh and Ami Ayalon. Also if you read the accords closely you will see that it isn't a whole lot different then what was offered at Camp David. In any case an offer is an offer and does not have to be accepted. True the Palestinians don't have to be thankful what they are given they are human beings and have the right to demand more and the same goes for the Israelis they are human beings and have certain legitimate rights to and they do not have to fold at the whim of other people. Negotiations and offers are never a mistake under any circumstance. Violence is always a mistake no matter where it comes from.

Initiatives like these needed to be supported and encouraged rather then always looking for the others faults criticizing the other side and dehumanizing it.

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