Israel: October 16, 2000


 A major problem with the peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority is the American preference for agreements written out in great detail. In this part of the world, less precise agreements are preferred. This makes it easier to adapt to new conditions without getting into endless rounds of negotiations over the revised text. This vague approach is also necessary because of the large number of fanatic factions in the region. Anything written down will get someone agitated, while a vague agreement provides sufficient wiggle room for everyone to believe they are having things their way. At the moment, Hamas is willing to use violence against Israelis and the Palestinian Authority to prevent any deal short of complete expulsion of Jews from the Middle East. Extremist Israeli groups take the same attitude towards Moslems inside Israel.


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