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Baker & Novak

By on 12.19.06 | 6:52PM

"...they never explain why Israelis should risk the future of their country to cut a peace deal with Palestinians when the Palestinians cannot even honor a ceasefire amongst themselves."

Well, without necessarily making an endorsement of it here's what I surmise the explanation to be:

(1) The Palestinian problem is not just an Israeli problem, and directly impacts American interests abroad; (2) An official peace deal will provide the US the legitimacy required to enforce such a deal with proper military threat; (3) "forcing" Palestinians into statehood will put the ball into their court, raising the consequence bar for acts of war; and (4) peace and sovereignty will beef up the mettle of our "friends in the Gulf" with regard to Iran, and isolate Syria as well.

Any takers?

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