Things move very slowly in this part of the world. Sometimes they
even seem to move backward rather than forward. Indeed, since
Binyamin Netanyahu's right-wing Likud government came into office,
it has been trying to reverse the peace process.
Security coordination has become the major issue in today's crisis.
Security is a need. No one can deny the right of Israelis to have
it. Suicide attacks and acts of violence emphasize the urgency of
the matter. By contrast, Palestinian security is not on any party's
agenda, and the implication of the measures taken by the Netanyahu
government against the Palestinian population raises very little
reaction or concern.
Following every attack, Israel automatically places the
responsibility on the Palestinian Authority (PA) and imposes
collective punishment on the Palestinians in the West Bank and the
Gaza Strip: more stringent closures, closure of borders with Jordan
and Egypt, demolition of houses, etc. These Israeli punitive
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