You can argue that the international community should never have sought too establish a Jewish homeland - but it did. You can wish that it was otherwise, you can hope that it will be otherwise, but as you write Israel does exist, so surely it is better to address issues based on reality rather then on wishful thinking. Yes, if my home had been taken from me I might hold an enduring hatred for those who were responsible or after 60-plus years I might decide to come to terms with it and try to achieve the possible rather then continuing to want to wage war over it. After all, holocaust survivors lost everything and started again. My own family were kindertransport children. The way they dealt with the tragedy that befell them was not to hate but to study hard in school, go to university and carve out successful lives for themselves. I accept that Palestinian refugees would not have had the same opportunities, but they could have had more of the same mind-set. Instead of focusing so much on what they perceived to be the enemy, they could instead have chosen a more pragmatic path. It is not entirely Israel's fault that the Palestinians have never come to terms with the Nakba that befell them and did not re-balance their energies towards achieving a new state rather then the destruction of Israel. You argue that Oslo never gave the Palestinians real hope for a state of their own. On that I don't agree with you. Maybe I am wrong - and you are right - but there is much evidence to suggest that Arafat was never really an honest "player". Regardless, I agree that most Israelis are willfully ignorant of the evils of the occupation or even believe it is a blessing - others of us believe that it is corrupting Israel's soul as is so much of what Israel does - your example of how Israel treats the Bedouins is very pertinent. Regardless, I find it hard to understand why you cannot take a more balanced view of how things are in the region. Iran, Hamas and Hezbollah have all declared many times that they wish to see Israel destroyed, at least as a Zionist state. These are not the words of people who simply want to see an end to the occupation and a less repressive Israel in other areas of life. These are people who have said they will stop at nothing until Israel is destroyed. Do they not therefore have to take some responsibility for how things are today or at least share that responsibility with the current government in Israel which does not wish to see the Palestinians achieve any form of viable statehood and nurtures the fanatics within its own society? It seems to me that when you have extremists on both sides setting the agenda, then both sides are to blame for what is happening today. Not just Israel!
Firebomb thrown during demonstration in northern Israeli town of Umm al Fahm (Haaretz)
from the article: Israel's 'right to self-defense' - a tremendous propaganda victory