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A tale of two Palestines
Posted by: McQ on Tuesday, November 13, 2007

So is it a "civil war" yet?
Hamas says it has rounded up dozens of Fatah activists in Gaza, a day after a huge rally commemorating Yasser Arafat ended in gunfire killing seven people.

Witnesses say security forces opened fire on unarmed crowds after the rally turned into a protest against the Hamas movement's takeover of Gaza in June.

Hamas says its police came under attack from Fatah gunmen and returned fire.

Fatah party officials allege 400 of their supporters were arrested and dozens more summoned for questioning.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, of Fatah, compared the rival party's actions at the rally with "crimes of the Israeli occupier".
Of course there is no worse insult than to be compared with the "Israeli occupier". Speaking of Israel, I'm sure Israelis are watching in bemused silence while the Palestinians demonstrate what they've been saying for years. And a note to Abbas, no one from Israel is "occupying" the Gaza strip but Palestinians.

Any guess as to what the fate of the Fatah activists rounded up will be? Well if I know Hamas, it won't be pretty.
 
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which then begs the question: what do you do about Palestine?

This has been a major problem since Carter first tried to really tackle it, and it has met with failure after failure for over 30 years. Finally, the Palestinians have their own government and it lasts, what? 4 years? Then they fall into a Civil War (a real one for those keeping score at home) and the country is literally being ruled by two separate parties down the middle: one on one side and the other on the other.

How do you solve that?
 
Written By: Joel C.
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Seeing as the Palis are degenerating into civil war and that Israel is seeing much reduced terror attacks (from that area anyway) the whole withdrawal thing seems to be working out well enough.

Maybe they weren’t so crazy afrer all
 
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"which then begs the question: what do you do about Palestine?"

In my mind this question gets filed next to what to do about Pakistan, central Africa or the Balkans. At some point we will stop looking for solutions and just strive to keep the situation "manageable" (diplospeak for letting them hack it out among themselves and then engaging the last man standing). Regarding Palestine, I think that has been the US’s unspoken objective for most of the past 5 decades.
 
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"which then begs the question: what do you do about Palestine?"
I’d give Israel a lot of slack in handling their security issues. That’s how I’d handle it.
 
Written By: Don
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I’d also send the Pali’s Jimmy Carter, on the condition that he is to remain with them for ever and ever.
 
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which then begs the question: what do you do about Palestine?
If I remember correctly, it was purple Koolade that resolved the Jonestown question!
 
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