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    • Will from Bradford
    • 21.11.11 | 20:45 (IST)

    It's easy to forget that Israel has been the antagonist many times during this long conflict, isn't it Lavi? But then you've probably forgotten your history lessons regarding Zionist lobbying which led to an unfair partition and worsened civil strife, Jewish migrants putting huge pressure on the Arab population after WW2, Zionist terrorists attacking the British army and Arab civilians, a war of independence that displaced hundreds of thousands of Arabs as well as Jews, the war in '56 which was instigated by Israel, Britain and France, the war in '67 which was started by Israel, pre-emptive or not, the occupation of Southern Lebanon which saw the creation of Hezbollah as a resistance group, the support given to Hamas by Israel and the US in order to divide the Palestinians, the strikes on Syrian and Iraqi nuclear installations that were unprovoked, the war with Lebanon over captured soldiers who were initially taken to swap with Lebanese prisoners, the war in Gaza that killed over 300 children and saw the use of white phosphorous, human shields and strikes on UN and civilian installations, the ongoing settlement of occupied territory in the West Bank and Golan Heights… Yes, successive Israeli governments would much rather have spent their money on art and science rather than lucrative defence contracts with the US and before them the French. Admit it Lavi, Israel is just as much to blame for the current situation as the Arabs, and if anything, Israel is currently perceived as the belligerent party in this conflict.

    from the article: Criticism of Israel at bay as IAEA opens first meet on nuclear-free Mideast
    First published 18:08 21.11.11 | Last updated 18:08 21.11.11
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