May 31, 2007
Bittersweet legacy of the Six-Day War
40 years after a sweeping victory, peace with Arabs remains elusive and threats to existence still confront Israel
(Page 2 - Previous Page)The Israeli government strategy is to bypass Hamas with help from the moderates. However, critics argue that the moderates either aren't really so moderate or won't be able to deliver, and that the best Israel can hope for is an interim agreement, negotiated with Hamas or with Hamas' approval, that significantly reduces the amount of territory Israel controls.
Settlers and other right-wingers see in both these strategies a sellout that may gain Israel some breathing space, but which will boomerang sooner or later with devastating effect.
Forty years on, it seems, Israel remains saddled with the results of its great victory in 1967, unable either to swallow the territories or to reject them.
Leslie Susser is the diplomatic correspondent for the Jerusalem Report.
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