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View Diary: Empathizing w/ Gaza does NOT make me anti-Semitic, nor pro-Hamas or anti-Israel. It makes me human. (495 comments)

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  •  Actually it did (3+ / 0-)

    It forced Israel to the negotiating table in the 1990s after a long period without major terrorist activity.

    Then the Second Intifada happened.

    Then Hamas got elected.

    Pretty sure that's not working too well for the Palestinians, either.

    •  Of course (7+ / 0-)

      Everything was going so swimmingly well that they decided to start another intifadha! Out of the blue!

      •  Right (0+ / 0-)

        Because it's totally reasonable to respond to an offer of statehood that you don't like with waves of suicide bombers.  

        •  Your comment is written in 2014 (1+ / 0-)
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          We have the benefit of hindsight.  We know that there was no "offer of statehood" on the table.  We know that the negotiations are at best concession bargaining, and more likely a photo opportunity that covers tactical delays.  To suggest that "waves of suicide bombers" was the response of some monolithic but nonexistent Palestinian government to some equally nonexistent good faith offer of reconciliation is an outright lie.

           More and more the architects of Jewish supremacy in the Levant reveal themselves to be the functional equivalent of segregationists and apartheid proponents.  These same nonsensical arguments were made by those factions.  Guess what? They lost.  As will you.

      •  While not exactly going swimmingly. (1+ / 0-)
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        Things were looking up.
        However, tension at the time was high.
        The trigger seems to be Ariel Sharon's visit to the Temple Mount, which is considered a holy site by both Jews and Muslim.
        The visit, from Israeli perspective, is to assure Israeli that they will not lose access to Temple Mount.
        From Palestinian perspective, it appears as a provocation that Israel will not give up control of the Temple Mount. This, in additional to the failed Camp David Summit, trigger the Second Intifada.

        Near the end, Yasser Arafat dies. In the subsequent election, Hamas was elected.

    •  If it's such a great strategy, maybe its advocates (0+ / 0-)


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