Two Events, One Story Line

Two major yet seemingly unconnected events have touched Israel in the past 24 hours. The first, of course, is the dreadful suicide bombing in Jerusalem. The second is the exchange of prisoners between Israel and the Hizbullah.
These two events are connected by a thread not usually seen by the public at large–namely, the coordination and interplay between players in the field. This might not be on the most basic level of operations, but the coordination of ideology, intent and violence is clear. Fatah, the group who claimed responsibility for sending the Palestinian police officer to commit murder on the day that the Palestinian media announced uniformed police were to return to service, has a long history of collaboration with the Hizbullah and Iran, Hizbullah’s backer.
When most pundits focus on the conflict, they tend to focus primarily on Israel and the Palestinians. But in doing so they forget that Israel is not at conflict only with the Palestinians but with the broad majority of the Arab/Muslim world. Thus, while in the first case one sees a minority party–the Palestinians–beset by Israel, in the later case–that which is evident today–one sees the small State of Israel surrounded by hostile parties intent on doing violence upon it.
While I will not argue for Israel’s victim status, I do think that the only route to peace is by widening the scale of the process to do justice to the true state of the Middle Eastern political arena. That is why the Geneva Accords, and any other peace process that focuses only on Israel and the Palestinians, hurt Israel much more than help it.
*Final note: the headline for the AP story, “Jerusalem Bomber Kills Self, 10 Others,” is blatantly biased. The bomber was a murderer, plain and simple, and the fact that he died in the process should have nothing to do with the horror he inflicted.

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    Two major yet seemingly unconnected events have touched Israel in the past 24 hours. The first, of course, is the dreadful suicide bombing in Jerusalem. The second is the exchange of prisoners between Israel and the Hizbullah. These two events…