On display here in this op-ed in today’s New York Times by Amos Oz.
His big idea:
Thus, the only way for Israel to edge out Hamas would be to quickly reach an agreement with the Palestinians on the establishment of an independent state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip as defined by the 1967 borders, with its capital in East Jerusalem. Israel has to sign a peace agreement with President Mahmoud Abbas and his Fatah government in the West Bank — and by doing so, reduce the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to a conflict between Israel and the Gaza Strip. That latter conflict, in turn, can be resolved only by negotiating with Hamas or, more reasonably, by the integration of Fatah with Hamas.
To edit even tighter: Step 1 – do a peace deal with Fatah. Step 2 – build on that deal by persuading (“more reasonably”!) Hamas to merge with Fatah.
How is it that Times editors — even Oz himself – fail to notice the utter non-feasibility of this program? What’s Step 3? Build the Emerald City of Oz in Jerusalem?
This kind of talk reminds me of an old shtetl joke.
Shlomo the carpenter has an unmarriageable son. The village matchmaker arrives to suggest a bride: the daughter of the millionaire Rothschild in Vienna. Shlomo is skeptical. Don’t the Rothschilds live very far away? No worry, answers the matchmaker, they are rich, they can afford train tickets. Aren’t the Rothschilds very assimilated? No, you are thinking of the London Rothschilds, the Viennese Rothschilds keep a very strict kosher. And so on. At last the carpenter assents: “Very well, proceed with my blessing.”
The matchmaker exults: “That’s half the job done.”
So congratulations NYT: Half your job is done. Amos Oz is ready for Israel to live in peace alongside a Palestinian neighbor. Now all you have to do is find someone in Hamas to write an equivalent op-ed on the other side.