I can't help but point out that continuing to build settlements in disputed areas is a VERY dangerous game... On the one hand, the cards are clearly stacked against Israel. No matter what they do, their actions will ignite world against them. But to intentionally provoke the very people you are trying to make peace with is both dangerous and (in my opinion...Stupid. Having been to Israel, I have seen how all Israeli non-Jews are afforded second-class status by law. And while I do understand why, I can't help but acknowledge that in the end, it may serve Israel's need to stay under Jewish control, bu it creates animosity on the part of those excluded. Add to that the mentallity of "well if your not making use of it and we do and make it better, it automatically becomes ours", it will be almost imposible for real peace to ever come about. At the same time, the Palestinians have allowed themselves to become pawns in an international game and need to accept that they have been stolen from and lied to, not by Israel, but by their own leaders who have stuffed their pockets with millions of dollars while their people go hungry and are taught to hate the west. This is not an easy situation from both sides, but with so much going on on both sides, it's no likely to end anytime soon. It's a truly SAD comentary on one of the holiest places on earth.
- 8:08 PM
from the article: Swell of boycotts driving Israel into international isolation