[Marxism] Yassin assassination

Marvin Gandall marvgandall at rogers.com
Tue Mar 23 09:46:48 MST 2004

Though widely decried as stupid, Israel’s provocative assassination of
sheikh Yassin simply underscores its opposition to a negotiated settlement
with the Palestinians, according to today’s Wall Street Journal.

Journal reporters Karby Leggett and Christopher Cooper note that the Sharon
government’s unilateral actions in walling off the occupied territories,
deciding to pullback from Gaza, and systematic murder of the Palestinian
leadership all “run counter to a longtime guiding principle in the Middle
East conflict: that Israelis and Palestinians would ultimately settle their
differences through negotiations.”

In light of Israel’s plans to annex an estimated 60% of the occupied
territories and cage the Palestinians “on small islands of territory”, the
Journal describes as “ironic” Hamas claims it was forcing the Israelis to
retreat from Gaza.

While the US is allowing Israel to impose this settlement – unilaterally, if
need be –the Journal report on the Bush administration’s concerns that the
latest dramatic manifestation of the Sharon policy may “complicate” US
relations with its allies in Iraq, Europe, Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan.

WSJ article reproduced on www.supportingfacts.com

Sorry for any cross posting.

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