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    • John Chacksfield
    • 15.08.10 | 11:22 (IDT)

    I think there are more possible futures than Margaret Atwood has listed. A key factor I think is that Israel is not as large a country as its huge, surrounding Islamic neighbours and therefore bargaining with land is not necessarily an option, or should it be. An eighth future is that one of the much larger neighbouring countries offers the people in Gaza a piece of their own land where they can enjoy life and probably greater independence and integration with people they feel more in concordance with. Thus the Gaza issue ceases to be an issue and peace ensues and we can all get on with peaceful existence and uniting the Middle East in trade and commerical potential rather than wasting energy on conflict.. If the international community supported this future, rather than the red herring of supporting the Gaza Strip - which it seems is probably ultimately a ruse in the game played by Arabic countries to reduce Israel's land, they would save a lot of time, effort and money that could be, more wisely, spent elsewhere. The ninth future is that the people living in Gaza actually accept that they are part of Israel and enjoy citizenship in that land of opportunity rather than allowing themselves to be pawns in a game played by bigger fish. Here of course Israel would have a responsibility to ensure the people in Gaza had equal rights in their citizenship. Then efforts can return to building the Middle East in general and its vast economic potential. Just my opinions!

    from the article: Mideast peace needs prophets, not yes-men
    First published 16:10 14.08.10 | Last updated 16:10 14.08.10
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