Reasonable expectationsAfter militants killed six Israelis at a check point, the government of Ariel Sharon announced that it would cut all contacts with the Palestinian leadership of President-elect Mahmoud Abbas. "Israel informed international leaders today that there will be no meetings with Abbas until he makes a real effort to stop the terror," Mr Sharon's spokesman Assaf Shariv said.
I'm glad to know the Israeli government keeps its expectations of the Palestinian leadership on a wholly reasonable level. President Bush, the most dominant military in the world and its allies can't eradicate terrorism in occupied Iraq. The Israelis and their strong military couldn't eliminate terrorism in the Occupied Territories when they administered that land. But the Israelis expect exactly that of the leader of a pseudo-government who hasn't even been sworn in yet.