28 August 2008

The Northern Ireland Analogy

The question of analogy between I/P conflict and the NI one has always intrigued me. Northern Ireland, aside of a slightly different climate, has the same ingredients that proved their potency for Middle Eastern brew: the occupying power, the religious rift, the settlers...

If the Northern Ireland conflict has anything to teach us about the conflict between Israel and Hamas, it is that negotiations on substantive issues with the present rulers of the Gaza strip will be a waste of time as long as they continue to believe that they have viable military options.
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