Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Beilin between Geneva and Givat Ram

Yossie Beilin sureyed the post-disengagement political scene in a short op-ed piece in today's Yidioth Ahronoth. The substance of his message was the necessity for renewing the peace process as soon as possible. The problem is that he, under the influence of his party's needs, determined that nothing is possible until after elections in Israel and for the Palestinian Authority. This means freezing the process for another six months. A very dangerous piece of advice. There should be absolutley no linkage between the two issues - peace initiatives and elections to the Israeli Knesset. It is not absolutley clear why Beilin handled this contradiction so clumsily.