The Strange Arrest of Zaki al-Sakani

Shoshana Bryen
Much of the Palestinian-Israeli Oslo "peace process" mythology is grounded in the idea that if "the Palestinians" were treated as a single, responsible partner, they would behave like one.  If "the Palestinians" got enough foreign aid, they would spend it to alleviate the poverty of their people.  If "the Palestinians" had status, territory, taxation, and educational authority, they would govern.  If "the Palestinians" had elections, they would have a democracy.  If "the Palestinians" had a "security force," they would "dismantle the terrorist infrastructure."  If only.  The Palestinians are not a single political unit, nor even a single government.  Hamas and Fatah, for all their recent talk of "unity" (including a meeting in Cairo today), remain no more reconciled to one another than they do to Israel. Consider the odd tale of Zaki al-Sakani; the poor guy only wanted to blow up people. It was without apparent irony that four years after his...(Read Full Post)

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