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    • Roar Sorensen
    • 15.05.10 | 10:06 (IDT)

    I agree that Goldstone's past has little relevance for what he wrote in his report on Gaza. However, as a Norwegian and a non-Jew, what I do not understand is how your questions, taken out of context, can help create a more moral Israel. I see problem areas that need to be dealt with in most of the cases you list. But by taking them out of context, are you not just entering into a polemic that in fact alienates everyone who does not already agree with you? I must say that although there are problematic areas in Israel's treatment of the Palestinian Arabs, compared with how other nations are doing in comparable situations (although these are hard to find), Israel comes out as absolutely the best boy in class. Moreover, from the political camps you belong to, it is often said that there has been enough talk about the past; it is the present that decides the future. Wrong! You and I are a result of the past, as are the Palestinian Arabs. Our choices will always be colored by this. Our challenge is to use sound logic when we draw from that resource and apply it to the circumstances of today. Moreover, on what will you start building the future if you start from where we are today? How will you evaluate rights in Jerusalem, in the settlements, the refugee problem, unless you relate to the past? In your questions you mentioned the decades old Arab presence in Sheikh Jarrah. But what relevance does this have if we start from where we are today. When is today? May 15, 2010, or June 22, 2002 (just an example). If you can refer to decades, why just four decades, why not eight, why not centuries? Starting from where we are today and totally disregarding the past, will lead to very arbitrary decisions. It is a recipe for continuation of the conflict.

    from the article: Pins in the Goldstone voodoo doll
    First published 23:52 13.05.10 | Last updated 23:52 13.05.10
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