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    • Colin Wright
    • 17.10.09 | 08:05 (IST)

    '...On one hand, there is an urgent need for a creative, daring diplomatic initiative that would prove that Israel is truly and genuinely striving to end the occupation.' The problem here is that there's no striving to be done. Israel stops occupying, and there's no occupation. But Israel doesn't want that. Israel wants the occupation to continue. So how to simulate having enormous difficulty getting up and walking out of the room? After all, the central point is that you don't want to leave. And it's an interesting point. Israelis -- even leftist, peace-loving Israelis -- rarely talk about actually getting anywhere with negotiations -- they never say what the end point is they want to reach. They just advocate that talks start. I suspect that's because what might result -- peace, and an end to the occupation -- is intensely frightening. Israel, after all, is built on the proposition that there is no Palestine. How can a Palestine be allowed to appear?

    from the article: Ari Shavit / Israel needs legitimacy to wage war and peace
    First published 03:11 15.10.09 | Last updated 04:32 15.10.09
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