Dehumanization is what it's about. Many (not all) Jews in Israel see Palestinians as nothing more than insects, couldn't care less whether their families are bombed or bulldozed by Israel or otherwise collectively punished. On the other hand, the Hamas crowd in Palestine probably feels the same way about Jews. Nonetheless, Palestinians, not Jews, are the ones currently being colonized, so it's easier to sympathize with their plight. But ultimately (say 50-100 years from now), no matter WHAT any of you think, given the demographics over there, there ARE only two possibilities: (1) two states each with territorial integrity, or (2) a single constitutional democracy with guaranteed rights for each group. (The only other possibilities are forced deportation, long-term apartheidism, or mass genocide, and I don?t believe that Israel will or even can go that far, for both moral and geopolitical reasons). Therefore, I suggest that both sides get real about it, stop falling prey to your own small-minded ethnocentric self-interest, start respecting your brothers on the other side of the fence, and try to move forward. Patrick from Chicago
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