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    • Lee
    • 09.11.09 | 19:32 (IST)

    "To blame Palestinians, rather than their occupiers, for their responsibility for remaining under a forty-year, oppressive military occupation when Netanyahu's government refuses to consider anything resembling a viable or sovereign Palestinian state....is to add insult to injury." OK, but what about the decades of Israeli leadership other than Netanyahu's? Are you blaming all Israeli leaders? Even Rabin? And what about the generous peace offers made by Barak and Olmert -- offers that were turned down? And what about considering what happened when Israel pulled out of Gaza (i.e., the thousands of Hamas rockets raining down on Israeli communities)? It all seems so simple to you. Just end the occupation and all will be well. We all want the occupation to end, but it just ain't happening until the Pals develop the capacity (and the will) to create a peaceful country. You make it sound like the problem rests with Israel only. If only that were true.

    from the article: Response / Henry Siegman on Burston and 'Israel's pathology'
    First published 15:19 09.11.09 | Last updated 19:56 15.11.09
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