Remember, Israel was prepared to accept the UN 47 partition plan, the Arabs were not. It was the Arabs who launched the war of independence in 48 because they believed that in a few short weeks they could get rid of the fledgling country. It was the Arabs in 67 who initiated a war to try and get rid of Israel and in 73 a further conflict to try and regain territory that they had lost in 67. Now I am certainly no blind Israel supporter. I do not believe that the current Israel of today wants to end what I perceiv e to be an evil occupation, nor has Israel ever granted full and equal rights to its own non-Jewish citizens, nor can it be acknowledged as an open, free and democratic society when it seems most intent to hand control of the country to those who scorn these concepts, namely religious an d nationalist extremists. But those who lack the will and\or knowledge to be able to understand that no party to this conflict is either wholly wrong or wholly right - as seems to be the case with the poster Therapist - is in my opinion also evil for refusing to do anything but adopt an extreme, bigoted and entirely unbalanced view of history. Israel entered the Oslo process to reach a 2-state settlement, Arafat entered to achieve a single bi-national state. So he refused the kind of settlement that was subsequently enshrined in the Geneva Initiative drawn up by Palestinians and Israelis and instead destined his people to many more years of occupation. Those who seek to apportion all the blame for this conflict to just one side are - in my opinion - living in cloud cuckoo land, History would argue that it is otherwise.
Woman moderately wounded by firebomb thrown at her car in north J'lem (Haaretz)
from the article: 'Israel misled U.S. diplomats during Sabra and Shatila massacre'