...elected in democratic elections in 2005. "I rather prefer to talk about their leaders"(Zeev) And who did the MAJORITY of Palestinian Arabs vote for? Hamas and Fatah neither of whom are strong proponents of PEACE. Hamas openly rejects peace both by action (suicide bombings and rockets) and intent (open declarations about their intent to destroy Israel). Fatah is a bit more subtle. They pay lip service to peace yet they make impossible demands: 1. They demand their so called Right of Return. 2. They will not compromise on borders and agree land offsets in exchange for more defensible borders than the 1949 armistice lines. So, I don't understand the trend that some leftists are trying to promote; claiming that Israel is the one who is afraid of peace, that Israel is the impediment to peace. Such pronouncements are akin to declarations that the earth is flat ... "I can`t see no reason at all to expect anything more from any of our neighbours..."(Zeev) Yes but I asked you: Can you see any reason why, for the sake of peace, Palestinian Arabs SHOULD NOT acknowledge that Israel is the state for the Jewish people/nation? What is it that so hard for them to make a symbolic gesture for peace? After all, no one would have any difficulty to acknowledge that Italy is the state for Italian people or that Greece is the state for Greek people or Russia is the state for Russian people ... So what is it that makes it so hard for Palestinian Arabs to acknowledge that Israel is the state for the Jewish people? Could it be that they still did not give up their 62 year old aim to destroy the state of the Jewish people (because it's a NON Arab state)?
Shira Banki, Jerusalem stabbing victim, to be laid to rest at 6:30 P.M. at Kibbutz Nahshon (Haaretz)
from the article: Fear of peace will be the death of Israel