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    • Simon
    • 28.03.11 | 12:22 (IST)

    I've never seen such a ridiculous bunch of apologist comments. Try to consider what was on the table. The only reason for turning down the Arab League initiative was in order to keep alive the right's dream of a greater Israel. Yes of course it had risks but it was hugely less risky than the greater Israel path. There is a fifth column at work in this country. When it is represented in government, as now, it's contours are quite visible. When it doesn't, it slips back into the shadows of government departments where its members hold key positions and pursue their "visionary" agenda unabated (together with their shady fund raisers). And this is a real fifth column – the first loyalty of this movement is not to Israel. Its first loyalty is to its own vision of Israel's future. It will turn on Israel when that vision is seriously threatened. These are not evil people. They are deeply committed, extremely well organized, basically decent people. However they are horrifically misguided and insular. Their formidable quasi-religious will-power is quite capable of walking wide eyed into the abyss. And the rejectionist policies vis-à-vis the Palestinians that have so influenced Israeli governments for years will be unsustainable if and when we are no longer living in such a rough neighbourhood. The Arab middle-classes have woken up. Israel will learn you can't act like a dictator when you are no longer surrounded by dictators. The isolation and bias that you apologists think we suffer from now is nothing to the long interminable decline of this country that will set in once we are surrounded by brave little democracies. Despite their absurd, evil leaders the Arab populations are cultured people. If they manage to establish functioning, economically viable democracies then the greater Israel dream is dead. Now what does that tell you about this dream?

    from the article: Arab peace initiative is another missed opportunity for Israel
    First published 02:08 28.03.11 | Last updated 02:08 28.03.11
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