This was a beautiful example of two myopic leftists trying to out apoligize each other. The use of terms like colonization sum up Siegman's worldview. This is not a battle of Euro colonialialism versus the primitives. One must not forget that the war of '48 was fought between Arab forces seeking the destruction of the nascent Jewish state, and a small state attempting to against all odds, protect itself. Those out for genocide lost. The Jordanians did not offer the Pals a state, nor did the Egyptians, the war was only fought in their name. When actually the Arab forces meant to conquer and occupy. But the language has been tossed about and now the Israelis are the "colonizers" and Hamas is portrayed as a regime without any options. But Siegman chooses to forget that Hamas had an option, and that was to accept the Jewish state's existence, and to actually talk peace rather than send their children off to blow themselves up. The myopic Left.
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from the article: Response / Henry Siegman on Burston and 'Israel's pathology'