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August 09, 2005

A Logic No One Understands

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For an example of convoluted, incomprehensible logic see the Op-Ed by Jack Miles, a senior fellow with the Pacific Council on International Policy, in the Los Angeles Times Saturday. Entitled "A peace no one wins," the column discusses population transfers and demographics, but what exactly he is saying is a mystery. He describes proposals to turn Arab population centers abutting the West Bank over to the Palestinians, and then this:

To enforce them [population transfers], Israel would be required, in Peretz's apt phrase, to "sit on the Arabs of the West Bank forever." It would merely have rearranged their civil status. Between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, the same three groups would continue to live as they now do under de facto Israeli governance: as first-class citizens, Jewish Israelis: as second-class citizens, (a reduced number of) Arab Israelis; and as third-class, stateless noncitizens under Israeli containment, Palestinians.

Why would turning over Arab towns to Palestinian control require Israel "to sit on the Arabs of the West Bank forever"? He doesn't say. Feel free to check out the Op-Ed in full. However, this reader has found that multiple re-reads were futile efforts to shed light on completely muddled thinking.

Posted by TS at August 9, 2005 12:37 PM


another question might be why would the la times publish such a nonsensical column? you would think they have higher standards.

Posted by: Dave L at August 9, 2005 03:28 PM

The page appears to be gone.


Posted by: Stan at August 9, 2005 03:49 PM

Link is fixed. Thanks.

Posted by: gi at August 9, 2005 04:12 PM

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