and if only for the reason, that it reminds us to the possibility of peace. The tragedy is, that public opinion in Israel, heavily influenced by simple-minded black & white propaganda (often imported by Armageddon freaks from the US) seems to embrace permanent war. Not that the "Arab Street" is much better, but at the moment they seem to be more willing to compromise, while right-wing pundits seem to believe, that Islam can somehow be crunched and literally be bombed into submission. This conflict however is much more similar to the Thirty Years War, were the solution can only be achieved by reason and the re-discovery of the principles of fairness and tolerance. Psychologically one can understand and justify both sides. Peace could be achieved in a two-step-solution, that recognizes that certain wounds need time to heal and that recognizes, that a final agreement has to be postponed for more reasonable times.
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from the article: Applying lessons from Northern Ireland