The most distressing reality for Americans observing the Middle East is not the deadly struggle between Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat. What is most distressing, and even chilling, is the fact that no candidate for the U.S. presidency dares to display any awareness of the Palestinian perspective.
President Bush is either unwilling to acknowledge such a perspective or unaware that there is another perspective. So was President Clinton before him. But once in office, both were forced to acknowledge what the rest of the world understands: Israel’s military control over Palestinian life is at the heart of the problem. Unfortunately, driven by domestic political concerns, these leaders continue their unwavering and total support for Israel, as Bush demonstrated in his embrace of Sharon during Sharon’s recent visit to Washington.