Wednesday, June 07, 2006

big brother news part 2

Judging by an email I received about my "big brother news" entry, I think some may have missed the point of the post. While a meeting between an Israeli prime minister and, say, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad would be news regardless of what transpired, Israeli and Egyptian heads of state meet all the time. The meeting alone isn't front page news. An agreement that negotiations are the best path to peace is meaningless. The equivalent would be if, with the 2004 presidential race heating up, Kerry and Edwards had met and announced that America would be better off if George Bush wasn't the president. The reality is that neither the Israelis nor the Egyptians changed their position at all (nor were they expected to do so) at the recently concluded summit. If anything important happened at Sharm Al-Shakh, it wasn't an agreement that a negotiated settlement with the Palestinians is a good idea.


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