Likud's 'no' vote
assures only continued bloodshed
you think the prospect for peace in the Middle East couldn't get
worse, Israel's ruling Likud Party finds a way to ratchet things
In a stand
both defiant and dangerous, the Likud Party voted Sunday to oppose
the creation of any Palestinian nation.
Palestinian nation of some kind is inevitable and essential for
any lasting peace in the Middle East. The Palestinians will accept
no less -- nor should they be expected to. That's why at least
the idea is endorsed by Likud's leader, Israeli Prime Minister
Ariel Sharon, as well as the U.S. government, which is trying
to broker a cease-fire.
a Palestinian nation, the Likud Party, in effect, is rejecting
a political solution to the decades-old conflict. Instead, it
is calling for a military solution, which is impossible. The carnage
will continue for decades to come.
already were at a boiling point over the rash of Palestinian suicide
bombings and Israel's military incursions into the West Bank.
The Likud vote will inflame heated passions throughout the Middle
East, undermine U.S. efforts to broker a peace, further alienate
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, and bolster claims that Israel
does not want a negotiated settlement.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is bucking for Sharon's
job, said a "yes" to a Palestinian state is a "no" to a Jewish
Without a Palestinian nation, Israel will never have real security
-- though the Palestinians won't get what they want until the
terror stops, either.
might not have a lasting effect. But for now the ruling party
of Israel has dimmed any hopes that the killing will stop soon.