OMG, why aren't there more intelligent, perceptive Israelis of Burston's calibre? He cuts through the issues like a knife through butter. This bit is seminal: '(Barghouti) is the key to the future of the two-state solution, and therefore, to an Israel which is democratic without qualification, peaceable without biennial war, demographically Jewish without apartheid, a true neighbor to its neighbors - for once, a full member of the community of nations...' It takes a lot to break the weary, petty, racist mold Israel is stuck in. Thank goodness at least some can raise their eyes and see a different and altogether brighter future. Of course the last thing the recalcitrant Israeli leadership wants is a tough, popular, democratic figure leading the PA. They will do everything possible not to release him because he completely outclasses the pedestrian Netanyahus and Liebermans of this world. But it needs to be done, the EU and USA need to apply some muscle here to make sure he is freed.
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Preliminary report: Shooting attack in East Jerusalem's Damascus Gate (Haaretz)
from the article: Free Barghouti Now