Friday, October 22, 2010

What Is The Main Element to the Conflict?


Dennis Mitzner, a MA student in Middle Eastern History at Tel Aviv University, posted this insight and I've extracted a few good points:

Putting aside the many intricacies of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, are the settlements really the main reason why there is no peace between Israel and the Palestinians? To accept the notion of the omnipotence of the settlements-issue vis-à-vis the peace process is to set a dangerous precedent...

...The constant human rights violations and the rabid anti-Semitism emanating from the Palestinian territories have become non-issues to those — mainly European and American analysts and experts — trying to provide solutions to the conflict.

...Palestinians are given a free pass on hatred that has become one of the main tenets of the forming of a Palestinian national identity. Why does the West cultivate a Palestinian narrative which is defined according to the existence and consequent actions of Israel?

...The PA-run media is airing programs depicting Jews as sons of pigs and monkeys and recently, the seemingly moderate technocrat Saeb Erekat proclaimed that Palestinians will never accept the right of Israel to exist as a Jewish state.

...The Obama administration would do well to pursue an aggressive liberal — in the classical sense — agenda to demand that the seemingly eternally oppressed peoples would take responsibility for their actions

...Accepting the notion that the existence of settlements in the West Bank is the main obstacle to peace is indeed patronizing and a dangerous disservice to the Palestinians and their cause. Succumbing to a false narrative will not free Palestinians of their plight, but gives tacit consent to anti-Semitism and Islamic radicalism...The only approach to the conflict must be cultural, because it is the only approach which treats them as a people capable of change.

I can sign off on that.

And I left this comment there:-

One other "liberal" consideration: if, for "peace", locations of residency of Jews in Judea and Samaria are to be dismantled and their residents expelled, as is the Pal. position, do not these liberals see that ultimately, in the name of a better peace, Arabs may be required to move out of Israel into this new state of "Palestine"? That way, for sure there'll be no friction or tension. Is that what they want? Total separation? If there are to be no Jews in "Palestine", why not no Arabs in Israel?

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