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  •  I am a friend of Israel... (6+ / 0-)

    ...but for the life of me I cannot see the wisdom of their current policy under Netanyahu.  

    Everyone knows the eventual solution for two states comes down to a modified version of the Arab League plan - the 1967 borders with mutually agreed land swaps.  A right of return will be acknowledged in theory but with limited actual returns.  Palestine comes into being and in return Israel gets peace with all her neighbors.

    Yet Netanyahu seems paralyzed by domestic politics.  His parliamentary coalition rests on parties that spawned people like Avigdor Lieberman.  So long as he bows to the religious settler's interests over the rest of the population there will be no agreement.

    Time is not on Israel's side.  The Arab Spring will bring new governments into place that will not accept the current status quo.  The US has its own growing problems.  The longer Israel waits to take the leap, the worse her strategic situation becomes.

    Furthermore, the Palestinians deserve their own state, their own dignity, their own human rights.  A proud and free Israel cannot exist with one foot in the 21st century and the other on the neck of the Palestinians.

    I say this as a supporter of Israel.  I fear the current Netanyahu do-nothing policy is doing more harm than good.

    "Hidden in the idea of radical openness is an allegiance to machines instead of people." - Jaron Lanier

    by FDRDemocrat on Sun Sep 18, 2011 at 11:33:44 AM PDT

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