Israel has the right and duty, as a state, to protect its citizens. However, its demands closely resemble that of Apartheid South Africa. There were refuseniks then as well. They could see the limits of force and the futility of seeking a separate existence. Many white soldiers gave their lives in vain. They also killed more civilians than "terrorists". The attempt to carve out an existence that is separate from Palestinians may have as much of a chance as Apartheid South Africa. South Africa still has problems. Whites, despite the propaganda that they were going to be run into the sea are still there. Their wealth is still intact. Their children still go to some of the best schools and universities. Black people remain unemployed, unhoused and deprived. It is not that there is no partner for peace from among the Arabs. The key issue is whether there are Israeli politicians who are prepared to fill the shoes of a Dr F. W. De Klerk and Dr Van Zyl Slabbert.
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