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    • Paul
    • 31.03.11 | 15:53 (IST)

    This just sounds like a new strategy in the same old game Israel has been playing for years. talking about meaningless terms like 'a partner for peace' (as if entire peoples act as a single unit) and threatening unilateral action if peace doesn't come on their own terms. If Israel wants peace and legitimacy Israel need only do one thing: recognize an equal right to dignity and justice for the Palestinians. If Israel wants to keep the West Bank, it should give the Palestinians there citizenship. If it does not, it should stop encouraging the usurpation of Palestinian land. If Israel wants to be recognized as a democracy it should end the discrimination against Palestinian Israelis through mechanism such as the JNF and other institutionalized forms of racism. It isn't that complicated-- it just requires a shift in thinking away from a xenophobic, ethnic nationalist, 'only we matter' attitude to a more open-minded and open-hearted one, that values the life of each inhabitant of Israel/Palestine JUST AS MUCH as it does the Jewish ones. Unfortunately it seems like Israeli society has a long way and a lot of pain ahead of it before it will realize that this the only way. Israel's 'demographic war' is a war against its own soul.

    from the article: Israel needs to launch a preemptive diplomatic strike
    First published 01:49 31.03.11 | Last updated 01:49 31.03.11
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