Quote of the day

Stop the settlements. Rename Dalal Mughrabi Square. Now let’s talk. — Richard Cohen, 3/16/10

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UPDATE: I have to contrast this approach to the peace process — that doesn’t determine each U.S. move by what “the moderate Arab states” will not condemn — with what one small-c conservative chastened by Realism wrote today:

Imagine if the US could help establish a genuine democracy on the West Bank. Not easy – but surely easier than Iraq! I believe we are at a pivotal moment – for the US to help save Israel and turn the Jihadist dynamic around. It probably won’t happen in Iraq … but in Palestine? Talk about transformational.

I’m for a Palestinian state ASAP, but the idea that it would shortly prove itself a genuine democracy, which is to say in contrast to Lebanon’s factional one, is a pipe dream to rival the more popular neoconservative pipe dreams. And would Andrew find it as encouraging for the “global war against Jihadist terrorism” if Palestine was somehow a more genuine democracy than Lebanon’s but did nothing when its jihadist political factions organized attacks on Israelis?

This is partly what Obama was elected for. It’s good for Israel, good for the US and good for the global war against Jihadist terrorism. And, yes, it’s also just.

… Somehow The Dish hasn’t discovered yet that tying a total settlement freeze to American pressure on the Palestinians to end antisemitic, anti-Israeli incitement, and the memorializing of terrorists, would be “good for Israel, good for the US and good for the global war against Jihadist terrorism. And, yes, it’s also just.”

In fact, he told readers that the problem with the Palestinian Authority’s naming a public square after Dalal Mughrabi was the timing of the event.

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