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    • Salam Shalom
    • 22.11.10 | 11:42 (IST)

    "...a majority of Palestinians see a 2 state solution as the first step to getting back Palestine". Are you sure of this? Doesn't this strongly smell like propaganda?Even supposing that a majority (or significant minority) indeed cherish such a "dream" of return (which would be natural if their grand-parents had to leave their homes in pre-1948 Palestinian villages destroyed by your soldiers) then on what ground do you seem to deny their willingness to give up that dream when their oppressor is wise enough to become their peace partner? Because after all peace is not about stopping dreaming, it is one's readiness to practically giving up part of those dreams. I would not blame those jews who consider Judea & Samaria the land of their ancestors (some 2000 years ago) but I expect them to give up part of that dream for the sake of peace just as the Palestinians should be ready to give up the lands of their ancestors (only 100 years ago!). In the end this is the essence of Palestinian-Israeli peace. That Israeli claim that there is no partner in the Palestinian side (maybe justified in the Arafat era, but absolutely hollow vis-a-vis Abu Mazen) reminds me of the French saying: " Everyone is looking for a friend, noone is trying to BE one!

    from the article: Where is Anwar Sadat when Israel needs him?
    First published 01:04 22.11.10 | Last updated 01:04 22.11.10
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