Date registered: Jun 2004
Location: Bucks County, PA
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RE: Hamas launches new website
That's exactly right. Each side has more evidence than they will ever need to prove they are right. Each has plenty of evidence that they are only retaliating for what the other side did most recently.
Each side can show proof that the other started it. Each can show that the other targets civilians, and imposes terror by their respective actions.
Until each side wipes out the past, starts from zero no longer attacking each other, and creates a workable solution where each can live side by side with secure borders, it will never be done.
The Palestinians have a right to not be treated like second-class citizens, to have a land to call their own, and to create their own destiny without being raised in ghettos. The world gave that opportunity to the Israelis when it created Israel, why is it any different for the Palestinians today? The Israelis, in my opinion, would leave everyone alone if they were left alone (but they still need to make room for the Palestinians).
The problem I see is that Israel can't make peace, give up land, and have the country divided or partially turned over, because they believe that many of the other neighboring Arab states will use that opportunity to get weapons closer and attack anyway. I mean, it's pretty hard to say Iran is not a threat to Israel; Iran is huge backer of the Palestinian cause, and the Palestinians fund some of their military efforts from Iran. Would you feel comfortable with a state next to you that hates you for what you;'ve done to them for decades, and is buddies with a state that wants to "wipe you off the map"?
If the other Arab nations renounced their position towards wanting to destroy Israel, and put all their efforts into getting the Palestinians a homeland, and Israel felt they could do that without getting wiped out as a result, I bet they'd go for it.
The old saying about "If the Arabs disarmed, there would be peace in the middle east, but if Israel disarms, there would be no Israel" is an exaggeration, but that perception is certainly held by the Israelis. Until they feel like giving up what the Palestinians want/need is not suicide, they won't do it.
It's still a win/lose in everyone's minds on both sides, and until someone creates a solution that's a win/win, it can't be done.