I would like to start by saying I love the State of Israel. I believe having a Jewish State is in the inherent interests of the Jewish people, and I support whatever actions are necessary to defend her, including the siege in Gaza, Cast Lead, etc. I would also like to acknowledge that in the past, the Palestinian leadership has repeatedly thrown away chances for a real and lasting peace by outright rejecting offers from Prime Ministers Barak and Olmert. However, and I cannot stress this enough, THE TWO STATE SOLUTION IS THE ONLY WAY TO GUARANTEE ISRAEL'S FUTURE!!!! There will be no Jewish State without a Palestinian one. The world will not continue to support the military occupation of the Arab population of Judea and Samaria, and it will not support their being controlled in an apartheid state. Yes, an APARTHEID state, as much as it tears my heart out to say it, that is the direction the status quo is taking us. And that status quo, ladies and gentlemen, is unsustainable. Israel is a country with a booming, globalized economy that will suffer greatly if the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions campaign gains steam, and believe me it will unless the policy of the current government in Jerusalem changes. Israel needs to pursue peace, if for no other reason than to prove to the world that it truly wants peace. The more effort Israel makes towards a peace settlement, the harder it will be for the PA leaders to justify turning them down - and to continue covering up the fact that they're lining their own pockets with international aid money. Moreover, a signed peace deal will guarantee Israel's future, assuming of course it's a true peace. And by that I mean no demanding millions more Palestinians be accepted into Israel-proper, and after the agreement is signed the PA must recognize Israel as a Jewish State and renounce any further claim to the territory therein. That is the true red line, the one these right wingers with their "Greater Israel" and "United Jerusalem" propaganda don't want to admit. "United Jerusalem" will only happen by evicting thousands of Palestinians from their homes, and "Greater Israel" would be an apartheid state. In both cases, the world community would not support Israel in this endeavor, with the aforementioned disastrous results for this great state. This is what the future holds for Israel, if we chose the right path. I hope we do. 3,000 years ago the Jewish nation defied the Babylonians, the great power of the time, and was destroyed. 2,000 years ago, we defied the Romans, the great power of the time, and were destroyed. We lost both our temples on those tragic days, in part because our pride was our strongest force. I hope we do not repeat this tragic mistake.
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