Baseball Crank
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February 20, 2003
WAR: Logical Disconnect

Daniel Pipes uses opinion polls to argue that the Palestinians can't be negotiated with because the Palestinian people want Israel destroyed, not relations normalized. But one of his suggested solutions, moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, doesn't solve the problem he identifies. While I'm sympathetic to the idea on an emotional level, I don't see the benefit of moving the embassy to Jerusalem. Pipes' own analysis suggests that the issue is Israel, not the West Bank -- and an embassy in Tel Aviv is plenty to support a permanent Israel, while an embassy in Jerusalem would align us more closely with Israel's claims to disputed areas of the West Bank, and be seen on the Palestinian side as support for Israel holding title to all of what is now Israel and the PA territory.

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