Palastinian "new realism" - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • broxnite10
    • 07.09.09 | 21:30 (IDT)

    When Barak was elected in 1999, there was much talk of "new realism" amongst Palestinians. Not sure how the old "new realism" compares with the new "new realism". The requirements for peace have not changed. Either there has to be a change in the Palastinian national story which makes Palastinain longing for pre-'67 Israel as off limits as German longing for East Prussia, or there has to be some strong force that makes Palastinian irredentalism ineffectual so that neithr conventional warfare nor terrorism is an option. Using force is only a short term solution and is inherently unstable. Changing the Palestinian national story is the only long term solution, but that will require a sea change in Palestinian opinion comparable to the civil rights movement in the U.S. or the evolution of the EU. It requires a solution to Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, reduction in Islamic fundamentalism, Arab woman's rights, and economic development. You should check for progress in, say, 25 years.

    from the article: For Israel, a New Year, and a new left
    First published 17:08 07.09.09 | Last updated 10:05 08.09.09
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