"Most Israelis today are cut off from the conflict with the Palestinians and do not interact with them." 1) It was "interaction" with the Palestinians during the second Intifada that Mr. Sharon was trying to save Israelis from. Prior to the two intifadas the border was open, so let's not confuse cause and affect. 2) Mr. Benn exaggerates the difference between Israel and Europe. Israeli cities are filled with Arabs, but they hold blue ID cards. This isn't apartheid. 3) Mr. Benn should ask himself how much real interaction there is between native Europeans and the Arabs immigrants in their midst. Take a tour of the Muslim suburbs of Paris. 4) In the old days that Mr. Benn praises, the two sides were further from peace than now. Oslo got underway in an era of declining interaction. Lesson: Daily interaction in the street isn't a critical factor for peace. It certainly isn't helped if interaction consists of being blown up or shot.
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from the article: Sharon's real legacy - keeping the Arabs out of sight