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An unsentimental peace

The bombing of Lebanon is new proof of Israel's disregard for Arab life, says Palestinian peace negotiator Ahmad Khalidi. But peace is still necessary

Rarely have the fruits of peace tasted so bitter. Across the Arab-Israeli divide, the events that began with the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin last November, through the Hamas bombings of February and March, culminating with Israel’s latest misadventure in Lebanon, have created a public revulsion against the “peace process.” To paraphrase Clausewitz’s much mangled dictum, to many Arabs and Israelis the peace process appears as no more than the extension of war by the very same means.

The Israeli general election of 29th May will be an indicator of how this revulsion will translate into politics. The re-election of Labour…

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