Israel's absurd concession

Prime Minister of Israel Ehud Olmert announced at Sharm-al-Sheik that he will contribute to strengthening Abbas' reputation among the Palestinians by releasing 250 Fatah terrorists from Israeli prisons.

Which is in direct contravention of what this step is aiming to achieve.

For the end goal of having two states living peacefully side by side will have been achieved only when the Palestinian body politic no longer sees those attacking the Israelis as heroes, but as criminals violating the right to life of their fellow humans - who should be caught, put on trial, and incarcerated.

How does the gratuitous release of those who ought to be, if not in Israeli then in Palestinian prisons encourage such a change in the Palestinian mindset? What does Palestinians' clamor to "free the prisoners" - whose sin of trying to kill the Israelis is to Palestinians no sin at all, but a great virtue - tell us about Palestinian good will? What does Abbas' constant demand that those who committed violence against Israelis be freed - not even transferred to Palestinian custody, but actually freed - tell us about his own thinking and intentions?

Why does Olmert go along, giving legitimacy to unjust demands of the blood-thirsty Palestinian mob - and the equally blood-thirsty Palestinian leadership, be it Hamas or be it Fatah?

This is not theater, this is serious business. An actor in the theater of the absurd steps into the world of sanity and logic once he is off-stage. But where will the actors and spectators of the political absurdity that was acted in Sharm-al-Sheik find themselves when the absurd actions of Israeli Prime Minister pandering to the worst instincts of Palestinian mob blow up in the faces of Israelis? As so many similar steps did so many times before.
Prime Minister of Israel Ehud Olmert announced at Sharm-al-Sheik that he will contribute to strengthening Abbas' reputation among the Palestinians by releasing 250 Fatah terrorists from Israeli prisons.

Which is in direct contravention of what this step is aiming to achieve.

For the end goal of having two states living peacefully side by side will have been achieved only when the Palestinian body politic no longer sees those attacking the Israelis as heroes, but as criminals violating the right to life of their fellow humans - who should be caught, put on trial, and incarcerated.

How does the gratuitous release of those who ought to be, if not in Israeli then in Palestinian prisons encourage such a change in the Palestinian mindset? What does Palestinians' clamor to "free the prisoners" - whose sin of trying to kill the Israelis is to Palestinians no sin at all, but a great virtue - tell us about Palestinian good will? What does Abbas' constant demand that those who committed violence against Israelis be freed - not even transferred to Palestinian custody, but actually freed - tell us about his own thinking and intentions?

Why does Olmert go along, giving legitimacy to unjust demands of the blood-thirsty Palestinian mob - and the equally blood-thirsty Palestinian leadership, be it Hamas or be it Fatah?

This is not theater, this is serious business. An actor in the theater of the absurd steps into the world of sanity and logic once he is off-stage. But where will the actors and spectators of the political absurdity that was acted in Sharm-al-Sheik find themselves when the absurd actions of Israeli Prime Minister pandering to the worst instincts of Palestinian mob blow up in the faces of Israelis? As so many similar steps did so many times before.