Now for a thematic which is pretty likely to get tempers up, but which nontheless never seems to show up here on SEB: Israel/Palestine.
In this article we see once again, that of both sides neither will restrain itself – and both (this time the Israelis) will take any excuse to continue fighting.
(Abstract: Israel cut off negotiations with the new Palestinian prime minister again, because militants ‘linked’ to his government killed several people).
I don’t claim to have the answer to this long fight, though I will admit that I slightly – oh so slightly – favor the Palestianians, for they have a valid case (a foreign-occupied country) whereas Israel… it’s difficult to say without seeming to defend the horror of a suicide attack. But if today, everyone ceased fighting, the Israelis would still be in the wrong (controlling and opressing the Palestinians) whereas if the fighting stopped, the only wrongs the Palestinians would have commited would be in the past.
And wasn’t it Martin Luther King who said that waiting and peaceful protest alone would never create change? Again, I am not supporting Palestinian suicide attacks against civillians, but I consider their struggle itself a valid fight.
I’m sure that some people will rip into these arguments, but I’d like to hear the opinions, especially of the regulars.
The only way I see is a full withdrawal of Israel from Gaza and the West Bank. Then again, Israel has done it’s best to seed those areas with settlers, making this unlikely. I fully expect this war to go on 20-40 years longer. But Israel will lose it for simple demographic reasons.