Ronen, its not an issue of belief....... - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • N-tropy
    • 12.03.11 | 04:25 (IST)

    Ronen, I agree that this act will ultimately rebound to the detriment of the Palestinians, but I think there are a few angles you are not observing. First, the Palestinians by no means have a monopoly on engaging in actions which go against their best interests. For example, any Separdi working-class Jew in Israel voting Likud is ultimately doing something self-destructive as the party caters to the elite and richer segments of society to the detriment of the working class. By extension, any middle-class individual in the US voting republican is tresspassing egregiously on his/her own welfare. This kind of action seems to be inherent in the human condition when reason takes a back seat to emotion. Also, I get the sense that you feel the whole Palestinian people support terror. I take exception to this. Sure, due to societal and cultural norms, those Palestinians against terror might not be as vocal in its condemnation as Israelis against the Occupation are against that policy (which really isn't very vocal when you look at most Israeli's silence or apathy on the matter), and yes perhaps a lot of them feel a bit of satisfaction because they are mostly powerless vis-a-vis Israel, but I would wager that the polls are correct. They consistently show a majority of Palestinians are against terror attacks on civilians and would never contemplate engaging in such actions themselves. How many Jews thought the Arabs "deserved it" when Goldsten killed scores in Hebron in 1994.......even those who abhor such incidents and madness? These are deep issues that need resolution on an emotional and spiritual basis. The first step is to see that there is tremendous hate, anger and fear on all sides and work backwards from there. Blaming the whole group be it Palestinans or Israelis is ultimately detrimental to that goal.

    from the article: Five family members killed in suspected terrorist attack at their home in Itamar settlement
    First published 02:12 12.03.11 | Last updated 02:12 12.03.11
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