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  •  This reads as very balanced to me (3+ / 0-)
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    wader, OllieGarkey, Brecht

    It's true that there is a definite and distinct disrespect to the International community with this move, which is in violation even of Israel's agreement with the U.S. (although other than a sternly worded letter, I'm not seeing any further condemnation from the U.S. about these settlements, which are a big deal in that they blockade an implementation of a two-state solution).

    The Israeli Government is deeply at odds with Israeli citizens on this. From every statistic that I've read, there is a majority level of support from Israeli Jews for a two-state solution, period, other than from the increasing farther Right-Wing.

    Moreover, Israel is a good nation with great people and has been successful, a model of democracy in so many ways, with exemplary education. In short, I admire Israel's development. But I cannot -- CANNOT -- say that imperiling this by painting themselves into a corner with the support of a few tiny nations in Oceania, and only three major nations otherwise, is a wise idea.

    I also disrespect Hamas, for the reasons that you've indicated. But I do not disrespect Palestinians, and I feel that under more moderate leadership, such as we're seeing with even Abbas, it would be beautiful to see them develop from the ash and rubble. At least they would have an existential autonomy. With that, and with development, perhaps they could reject Hamas outright and perhaps they would.

    What's happening is a bad feedback loop with two groups both learning to hate the other group with increasing efficacy. That cannot help Israel. Israel cannot build a wall of housing developments to try to ensure a one-state solution when its international standing for this is alienating.

    I want to see Israel thrive. I want to see Palestine thrive. And for this, I am very angry with how this is being handled by the Israeli and American Governments both. This doesn't promote peace. It promotes further dispute and tension. It is reactionary and isolationist and frankly really juvenile. For those who want the best for all of the citizens of both Israel and Palestine, we ought to return to pressuring the American Government to rethinking its views here.

    No one gains with this eleventh-hour move.

    "Counsel woven into the fabric of real life is wisdom" - Walter Benjamin

    by mahakali overdrive on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 07:04:13 PM PST

    •  Thanks! It's important to recognize the (2+ / 0-)
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      complexities. I appreciate your comments upthread, too.

      I think the United States has an important role to play in helping both nations grow and thrive, and in helping move the peace process forward.

      And that means trying to see both sides, which is what I'm trying to do here.

      An Fhirinn an aghaidh an t'Saoghail. (The truth against the world.) Is treasa tuath na tighearna. (The common people are mightier than the lords.)

      by OllieGarkey on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 07:31:59 PM PST

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