The road map to Appeasement Avenue
Published in: Melanie's Blog
Colin Powell has said he can see signs of progress over the Middle East road map. Israel, he noted, had taken measures which 'constitute the beginning of the road map process'.
Well that's just terrific, Mr US Secretary of State, because we all know the big issue is that Israel has not accepted the road map, which all right-thinking people praise, and is therefore the main obstacle to peace.
So what were these Israeli measures? They released 180 Palestinian prisoners and opened up Gaza and the West Bank (closed to keep in mass murderers) as goodwill gestures. And what were the Palestinian goodwill gestures in return?
They killed an Israeli gardener in the West Bank, fired rockets from Gaza into the Israeli town of Sderot and sent a human bomb on his way into Israel from Nablus, with more to follow. Israel promptly sealed off Gaza again. But of course, Israel is being oppressive and inflammatory and needs to be pressured into line. Does not the BBC tell us this, repeatedly?
Certainly, Israel sometimes does things which are bad and it should be censured. But on the big picture, it is having to perform to a script penned by Kafka. It extends a tentative hand to people who persistently murder its citizens. As a result, still more Israelis get murdered. The international community fails to hold the Palestinian perpetrators to account and instead blames Israel for not accepting the road map.