Address the root of the problem, don't ignore it - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Greg H. Pantalone
    • 15.03.11 | 16:01 (IST)

    It's understandable for Israel to seize the weapons allegedly destined to those it treats as its enemies: the Palestinians. Of course Israel, master of denial, will tell you it considers Palestinians its brothers and sisters, and treats them fairly and with dignity. The seizure of another boatload of weapons in as many years should be an opportunity for Israel to indulge in soul searching. Israel needs to think sincerely and honestly about the genuine demands of the Palestinian people, and the desperation that's leading them to seek violence as an alternative, when honest dialogue with Israel is becoming more and more elusive. Besides empty words, Israel has shown little interest lately in honest dialogue, and it has shown even less action on the ground to prove it wants negotiated peace and a fair resolution to the Israel-Palestinian issue. How is Israel showing it really wants peace? By issuing more building permits to settlers on land Israel occupies illegally, and then telling Palestinians they shouldn't worry or talk about it if they are sincere about peace. Rub insult to injury! It's no longer good enough for Israel to ignore and avoid addressing the genuine demands of Palestinians, and do nothing besides condemning the violence or potential violence by some Palestinians, which is clearly the result of unaddressed demands. It's the elephant in the room. Violence by Palestinians or Israelis for that matter should always be condemned. So should the behavior of a nation that makes it a policy to deny another people their basic rights and treat them like dogs. There is absolutely no excuse to treat another people this way.

    from the article: IDF seizes boat carrying weapons from Turkey to Gaza
    First published 12:42 15.03.11 | Last updated 12:42 15.03.11
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