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te of Israel. The show was hosted by Barbra Streisand who, at the time, I guess, was deemed to be a well-known enough entertainer and "Jewish" enough to carry off the show credibly.
The finale of the show consisted of a live (via satellite) interview between Streisand and Prime Minister Golda Meir, everyone's favorite chicken-soup with matzo balls Jewish grandmotherly type. (She was, in reality, to those who know her http://www.teamnflgiantsstore.com/authentic-rashad-jennings-giants-jersey/ , ANYTHING but that person). After the interview, Streisand sang Hatikvah, and brushed a tear from her eye.
There was, of course, only one flaw in the idea behind the show, and its ultimate execution: Golda Meir was not the Prime Minister of Israel; in fact, some months before, she and the Labor Party had been unceremoniously booted out of office, for the first time in Israel's history, having finally paid the price for Israel's complete military unpreparedness for the Yom Kippur War back in October, 1973. A disillusioned Israeli public had put the ultimate Opposition-party outsider, Menachem Begin, into power.
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Why is any of this relevant now? Because, in an act of misguided utter desperation, the Bush Administration is pushing the newly elected Israeli Government to begin peace negotiations with an individual who is NOT the democratically-elected Prime Minister of the Palestinians. You see, in a Democracy, you have to take the leaders you are given, and play the cards you are dealt. The Israelis (and President Bush, for that matter), were dealt Hamas. We don't negotiate with Hamas http://www.teamnflgiantsstore.com/authentic-phil-simms-giants-jersey/ , since it is a terrorist organization, which calls for suicide bombings and the destruction of the State of Israel. But because it seems somehow unacceptable either to allow Israel to make unilateral decisions affecting Palestinians, or not to move the (Middle East Peace Process) ball forward at all, the clueless foreign policy mavens have decided on a middle course: let's negotiate with Mahmoud Abbas. After all, goes the rationale, he's "moderate." While Abbas may (certainly by contrast to Hamas) be considered a "moderate," he does suffer from one considerable deficiency: a complete and utter lack of authority to speak for the Palestinians. That prerogative, alas, is given to the sponsors of suicide bombs and Jihad.
The policy is doomed to failure, for a very simple reason. Any agreement reached with Abbas is subject to total deniability and undermining by the real powers in the Palestinian territories: Hamas. Today's New York Times reported a statement by the State Department Spokesman, Sean McCormack, as follows:
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What, on earth does that mean? Even by the standards of State Department Foggy Bottom doublespeak, that's a real doozie!
It all seems like utter nonsense, doesn't it? But just a minute. There may, in fact, be method in the apparent madness.
According to the same report, Ehud Olmert's primary purpose in visiting President Bush is to test the waters on the President's willingness to allow Israel to continue to pursue Ariel Sharon's previous policy of unilateral disengagement. In other words, will Olmert have Bush's tacit agreement to allow Israel to create borders and retreat behind them, without the consent of a political entity that will not negotiate? Sharon's experience was, as we now know, that the Bush Administration was (pretty overtly) on board with that policy. But that was Gaza. Now, we are talking about the West Bank--Judea http://www.teamnflgiantsstore.com/authentic-owa-odighizuwa-giants-jersey/ , Samaria and yes, Jerusalem--an infinitely more complicated and emotional issue for both sides to this endless dispute.
In the meantime, as Olmert is just beginning his tenure, Bush, by virtue of his increasing unpopularity occasioned by the War in Iraq, his indecisiveness on immigration policy and $3-plus per gallon gasoline prices, not to mention the mere passage of time leading to inevitable lame duck impotence, is rendered less and less relevant to the process. Not completely, of course. After all, Bill Clinton participated in negotiations at Sharm-el-Sheikh until virtually hours before George W. Bush's inauguration. But before we know it, the American Presidential sweepstakes will be beginning in earnest (right after this fa.