Saturday, February 19, 2005

Swinging left again, slightly.
Talking about how the wheel turns, I can hardly read Naomi Ragen’s newsletters any more. She and I no longer have as much in common.

Now that it’s going to happen in the foreseeable future I have no real doubts about disengagement. No, I don’t think the Palestinians are suddenly different, that true peace is around the corner, that they don’t still plan to get Haifa and Jaffa and Tal al-Rabih (yes, I hadn’t heard of this place* either till last week, but apparently it’s where I’ve been living since 1985). However, I do think we have to give them a ladder to get out of this mess. Arafat wasn’t interested in such a ladder. Perhaps Abu Mazen really is.

*Hammas map of Palestine