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    • Vladek
    • 29.12.10 | 18:48 (IST)

    The original Zionists envisioned a land where there would be diversity among Jews but also with other peoples. It would espouse Jewish values. Early settlements were based on purchases of land from Arabs. However the plan went awry when a sense of religious entitlement allowed the abandonement of Jewish values when the hunger for more. Arab land became overpowering. A peaceful people became a warlike people as they justified extreme security measures to protect these new assets and themselves. It hepled to rationalize the inferiority of the Arabs. Change can only occur when the people understand how they arrived at this point in history. Only then can reconciliation begin and the zealots replaced with rationality.

    from the article: Lacking a vision
    First published 02:10 29.12.10 | Last updated 02:10 29.12.10
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