In the eighth future the Messiah comes, makes a big "poof", all the Palestinians disappear from Greater Israel, the Third Temple is built, and the rest of the world comes to pay homage to the Jews. Sounds impossible? About 20% of the Jewish population in Israel, the Haredim and those voting for the "modern" religious/settler parties believe it. Margaret Atwood wrote a very nice article, laying out the options many of us know, if not in such fine details. But her article is based strictly on reason. This is also its weakness, for the Jews as well as the Arabs, although the latter do not rely so much on the imminent coming of M but on long-term victory. What both sides need is courageous leaders who will be able to push their flock in the right direction, because most of the flock is still rational.
Amir Guttfreund, award-winning Israeli author, dies at 52 (Haaretz)
from the article: Mideast peace needs prophets, not yes-men
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