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Pessimism

Ex-negotiator
cites snags in
peace process.

Don Cohen

Special to the Jewish News

R

elating his experiences as an
Israeli negotiator in the Oslo
peace process in the 1990s,
University of Utah Law Professor Amos
Guiora asked, "How do you implement
a thought into a practicality?"
It has to do with
how the parties view
the future and each
other. "We were try-
ing to move ahead
toward a Palestinian
state, and they were
stuck in an occupied/
Amos Guiora
occupier relation-
ship',' he said.
Another problem, he said, was,
"How do you negotiate if leadership
is incapable of making concrete deci-
sions, and there is a lack of a clear
mandate to make those decisions?"
Guiora, a citizen of Israel and the
U.S. who grew up in Ann Arbor, spent
19 years as a lawyer in the Israel
Defense Forces before returning
to the U.S. in 2004. He addressed a
StandWithUs-Michigan gathering in
Franklin on Nov. 7. StandWithUs is a
Los Angeles-based international pro-
Israel advocacy organization with a
volunteer-run Michigan presence.
Negotiations are now compounded
by llamas, the terrorists controlling
Gaza Strip.
Calling Palestinian Authority
President Mahmoud Abbas, who gov-
erns the West Bank, "like your favorite
uncle, a really nice guy',' Guiroa doubted
he had the authority or ability to deliver
his Fatah Party, let alone Hamas, which
is committed to Israel's destruction.
He spoke about college campuses
("De-legitimizers are better prepared
for the dialogue than the Jewish
kids"), Egypt ("Will the army be
as loyal to President Mubarak's son
Gamal as to the father?") and Iran
("No Israeli prime minister or popu-
lace can live with a nuclear Iran").
The failure to free kidnapped Israeli
soldier Gilad Shalit, held by Hamas for
more than four years, "is an intelligence
failure of magnitude,' Guiora said. A
deal has to be made, he said, referenc-
ing his two sons in the audience. ❑

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