No Natalie, only each other can ultimately make peace - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Mark Lincoln
    • 01.01.11 | 07:06 (IST)

    For the first half or so of their existence together Jews in what became Palestine got along better or worse - often on an individual and compassionate sense with Arabs living in the same region. There were killings - on both sides - and those killings were nothing but terrorism. For many years of my life - my formative years, it was the Palestinians who were stark raving mad. They believed that somehow a bunch of yahoos that had lost the last war would somehow prevail if only they acted the part of the macho fool. Then came the catastrophe of 1967. A fantastic victory of . . . Israelis - American Jews - saw it so. And so it seemed. Then things changed. It was Israel which doubted the need to make peace. Egypt made peace; and then when it seemed that Israel was about to make peace with the Palestinians, Jordan made peace. Since then the major question preventing the entire world recognizing Israel's right to exist has been "when will Israel allow Palestine to exist?" We have arrived at the last decade and now the party which despises peace is the party who would have welcomed it in 1966. The people who rejected peace between 1947 and about 1990 now welcome it as if it might happen. The world might be able to push the 'reset button' by forcing the issue. Might that actually 'fix' it? The first nation the USA ever invaded was Canada and that was a year before we declared independence. Americans but not Canadians know that in 1812 the aggressor was the United States which launched a two pronged attack upon Canada intending to seize it from England. Americans do you know about Chrysler's farm?

    from the article: Abbas urges Quartet to draft new peace plan
    First published 22:28 31.12.10 | Last updated 22:28 31.12.10
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