Neither side can be seen scuttling negotiations, experts say.
Washington — When the fat lady sings on Sept. 26, it may only be an intermission.
That’s the word from an array of Mideast experts across the political spectrum. They are predicting that the seeming intractability between Israel and the Palestinians over whether Israel extends a settlement moratorium beyond its end date will not scuttle the peace talks.
Instead, the observers say, the sides are likely employing the brinksmanship that has come to characterize Middle East peacemaking.
Hezbollah seen as possible provocateur in clash between Israeli and Lebanese armies, but larger conflict seen unlikely as peace talks near.
Hezbollah may have instigated the most serious border clash between Israeli and Lebanese troops in four years Tuesday, a skirmish that killed one Israeli soldier and four Lebanese. But one Middle East expert believes the conflict is not likely to escalate.
This long hot summer is a lot more than just sweltering temperatures on America’s East Coast. New rocket attacks against Israeli targets and Tuesday’s big flare-up along the Israel-Lebanon border point to a region precariously close to yet another deadly war.
Like so much in the Middle East, the Gaza-Sderot theater of war opened long before the American media picked up on it after the deaths of seven Palestinians on a Gaza beach, June 9. The press spoke of Hamas now ending its ìtruceî because of Israelís shelling. Not mentioned was the young girl in Sderot who was killed last January when shrapnel entered her brain while she was shielding her little brother from an incoming rocket, or dozens of similar incidents.