Israel Focusing on Hizballah, Not Palestinians

Israel’s war with Hizballah pushed the Palestinians to the sidelines, and the war’s complicated aftermath could keep them there for many months. Despite a push by Europe and the Arab League to revive the Middle East peace process, peace talks are seen in Jerusalem as fanciful. Prime Minister Olmert is focused on rehabilitating rocket-hit northern Israel and dealing with what Israelis see as the country’s biggest security challenge – Hizballah’s main sponsor, Iran. “The broad sense in Israel is that the events in the north represent developments that are potentially far more dangerous than the Palestinian threats, especially when we are talking about Iran,” said Israeli analyst Yossi Alpher.

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