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    • Fortuna Benmayor
    • 21.10.10 | 03:54 (IST)

    I read Palestinians (apparently), and globalized anti-Semites. I read Jews, and it seems to me that the narratives' collision is exactly the same as 10, 20, 30, 40 years ago. The hate of anti-Semites is worse than the hate of Palestinians, whose desire for independence I can empathize with, even if it is peppered with lies, truisms, clichés and some outrageously false claims. Some Jews seem to me engaging in arrogance and preaching, which I don't think covers their fears of being overwhelmed by a hostile world, ever more capable of spinning, lying and twisting reality to fit a Palestinian narrative which seeks hegemony. In the end, my conclusion is that the two peoples are led by politicians, not by brave visionaries. I see the delegitimization of Israel in at least 50% of the posts, willingly or by ignorance. I see the two myths smuggled by Sha'ath (57 Muslim countries would recognize Israel, and Israel being responsible for the perpetuation of refugeedom of Palestinians in Arab countries) as not having been successful with Jews, who didn't buy that BS. And I also see that there is a simple nature of the Palestinian narrative, which makes it easy to sell and buy. That requires the opposite of honesty, a comfortable shoving under the carpet Palestinian terrorism, which time and again derailed their state. The last intifada was so brutal with suicide bombers, that Palestinians lost Israelis' trust. The same is true the other way around: Netanyahu simply cannot talk about peace while bull-dozing and building in the West Bank, or exchanging Jewishness of israel for another two month moratorium. May other governments come who have the guts and the true desire to kill maximalism and give birth to mutual recognition and respect; constructive talk and tolerance for the different narratives, which I hope, will one day be pure, without lies.

    from the article: Does Israel want peace or to play the blame game?
    First published 01:32 20.10.10 | Last updated 01:32 20.10.10
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