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07/24/2006

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MSS

"In despair since the collapse of the Oslo peace process, Israelis that once voted for peace initiatives are now impatient to see results through more violent means."

If "now" means since the Hezbollah raid across the border, you are absolutely right that Israeli citizens now seek "results through more violent means." But the reference to Israelis voting suggests that the electorate had already stopped voting "for peace initiatives." However, in the last election, parties supporting unilateral withdrawals from the Territories beat parties calling for a harder line.

So, to the extent that the current actions by Israel's government result from domestic politics, they are as much an effort to keep alive the possibility of continuing the Sharon policy towards the West Bank and Gaza as any other objective.

Kingdaddy

Good point. Thank you for that clarification.

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