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    • Mark Lincoln
    • 15.09.09 | 18:35 (IDT)

    Ideologues spend their life fantasizing of perfect worlds. Pragmatists try to make the one we live in work. I have immense respect for Benny Morris the historian. I understand his reservations, as well as Carlo Strenger's suggestions. I cannot see how 'peace' will come with a single moment. I am most impressed that in 2,500 years there has not been an example to show Sun Tzu wrong in his postulation that 'there is not a single example of a nation which profited from protracted war." In the long run if Israel is to prosper it must end the war with Palestine. This cannot be done by including Palestinians within the State of Israel. It cannot be done by expelling or exterminating them. Thus it can only be done by allowing a Palestinian State. If settlement expansion is allowed then the possibility of a Palestinian state ceases to exist. But what then becomes of the Palestinians? Expulsion? Or death camps? Or just a walled ghetto with permanent sub-human status? And war.

    from the article: A pragmatic vision for Israel's Left: A reply to Benny Morris
    First published 16:22 15.09.09 | Last updated 16:09 13.11.09
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