Otto you may have a bright future as a speechwriter for Shimon Peres. I would prefer the label of a realist, over a leftist or rightist. The extreme left is the captive of a flawed and proven(Oslo)failed view. Israelis deserve better, even the extreme leftists. We can have all the nice sentiments we want but you ignore that the Palestinians educational system prepares their children not to accept the existence of the State of Israel and for continued war, not peace. The religious purists of Hamas seem to be living in the 12th century not the 21st also. When Palestinians change this all I may come to agree with you. They do not seem to be in any rush to do this.
Palestinian man suffers light wounds from rocks thrown by Jewish men in Jerusalem (Haaretz)
from the article: Deja vu