SHARON-ABBAS COOPERATION….I hate to blog about the possibility of peace between Israel and the Palestinians for an obvious reason: good news never lasts long. Still, the recent openings between Ariel Sharon and the new Palestinian leader, Mahmoud Abbas, are genuinely encouraging. The latest news is that Sharon has agreed to withdraw Israeli forces from several West Bank cities in return for Abbas’s success so far in reducing violence in the Gaza Strip.

As usual, there’s no way of knowing how well this cooperation will hold up until after the next suicide bombing ? and there’s bound to be one, after all. Still, it’s hopeful news.

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