It would appear that the Israelis are losing it big time. Lately, they can't seem to do anything right. Gaza blockade - transforming into a very rapid climb-down caused, in part, by reliance on poor or non-existent 'flotilla' intelligence. Housing construction in Jerusalem - all building work now on temporary (?) hold because of very bad timing issues with the Americans. Operation Cast Lead - the Goldstone report portrays the military as having a less than assiduous concern for civilian lives and property. And that, of course, is putting it mildly. Continued settlement in West Bank areas - not exactly endearing to the Palestinians and making any future peace settlement with them that much harder to achieve. And, let's face it, that was going to be difficult enough in the first place. And the list goes on.............and on. No doubt, there can be another list somewhere detailing the failings and faults associated with the 'other' guys. The upshot being, not only is one side losing it, both are doing so and, by extension, everyone else as well. The trick, as ever, is how to turn the situation around, redirecting it away from all this negativity and putting a much needed positive spin on the whole affair. Baby steps toward peace are never going to get us there. Stumbling along, as seems to be the current fashion, makes that even less likely. No, what's needed now is one of those so-called 'giant leaps for mankind.' http://yorketowers.blogspot.com Unless we are all prepared to contemplate a really new and radical approach to the problem, the chances of getting anything done much before Armageddon arrives look to be very slim indeed.
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from the article: UN urges Israel to rethink East Jerusalem construction plans