Monday, October 03, 2011

MIddle East: Why Not Try "Yes be Yes and No be No" Approach to Communication?

Clearly, this is what happens when people don't say what they mean. And that goes for the Palestinians, the Israelis, and the so-called quartet of Middle East peacemakers. Everybody is talking and writing with a lot of "wink-winks, we know what that really means but we don't have to say it". Well, yes you do.

And furthermore, I believe it is time for Israel to lay out a multi-point declaration that clearly spells out what it believes and what it will fight for to the end, no ifs, buts, or whys.

Let the Palestinians do likewise. Then the parties know exactly where they stand. And if we need to stop pursuing this fleeting peace (that won't ever be caught) then let's do so, and get on with things. Build whatever walls you need to, but don't pretend you're going to like each other when you're not.

Finally, in this case, I see the quartet as being more detrimental than providing any assistance.

Israel Accepts New Peace Talks, but Impasse Remains on Terms - NYTimes.com

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