Sturdy Fence

Ehud Barak: “"If Israel does not find the way to disengage from the Palestinians, its future might resemble the experience of Belfast or Bosnia -- two communities bleeding each other to death for generations. Alternatively, if we do not disengage from the Palestinians, Israel might drift toward an apartheid state. Obviously it is better to reach disengagement by consent through an agreement. But Israel cannot impose a readiness to make peace upon Mr. Arafat. The absence of a partner should not paralyze Israel from taking defensive steps in order to protect its own vital interests, which will determine its identity and future."”