"Stop Shooting and Start Talking"

June 23, 2006

Starpaper Today’s Toronto Star carries an edited version of an editorial from Israel’s Ha’aretz newspaper, calling on Israel to engage in dialogue with the Palestinian leadership — Hamas included — rather than use its military. Entitled "Stop shooting and start talking," the editorial suggests:

"It doesn’t matter who is more right; it doesn’t matter who started it, with whom one speaks or whether speaking has a strategic purpose.

Even if conditions are not yet ripe for negotiations on ending the conflict, there is no logical reason not to conduct meetings at every possible level to discuss renewing normal life, halting exchanges of fire, instituting a ceasefire and learning the lessons of the latest round of violence in the endless conflict, before it deteriorates further."

Constructive or naive? Let us know what you think.

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