I remember going to eat lunch at restaurants in Bethleham on Saturdays, because the restaurants in Jerusalem were closed for Shabbat. You could barely find an empty table due to overcrowding by secular Israelis. Then came the Arab campaign of murder. Just as in Gaza, the Arabs were given an opportunity for economic development, but chose war. One day, perhaps, the Arab nations will learn to adapt to the idea of coexistence with a tiny Jewish island in the land of Israel from the Jordan to the Mediterranean in the midst of a sea of Islam. Akiva Eldar should look at a map of the Mid East.
Clashes between IDF and protesters in Bethlehem and East Jerusalem (Reuters)
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