At some point the Palestinians are going to have to realize they are at a poker table... - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Jordan Ispalestine
    • 26.07.11 | 21:13 (IDT)

    ...with a crappy hand and no chips. They must also realize that Israel has a full house and nearly every chip on the table. Israel has control of the land, Israel has the money, Israel has the military might, Israel has the backing of the world's biggest superpower and most Western nations. Regardless of whether you stand with Israel or the Palestinians, or who's version of history you adhere to, eventually those on the Palestinian side must accept that they are not negotiating from a position of power. The Israelis are giving up something TANGIBLE (Land), the Palestinians would be giving in return something EPHEMERAL (promises and guarantees). The intransigence of the Palestinians is mindboggling. When you are "homeless" and someone wants give you food and shelter you do not complain about how the food tastes and you do not complain about the size of the room. Just take it...you don't even need to say thank you. If "all you want" is a state, than why not just take what is being offered and end this vicious circle. The true issue here is not, and never has been, Palestinian statehood. If "all they want" is a land of their own, they should be RUSHING to the negotiating table and be allowed to relinquish their crappy poker hand without losing any more chips. The issue here is, and always has been, Israel's right to exist.

    from the article: UN: Israeli-Palestinian conflict in 'profound and persistent deadlock'
    First published 20:37 26.07.11 | Last updated 20:37 26.07.11
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