The question is, does Israel have responsibility to Pals? - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Michael
    • 25.01.10 | 12:31 (IST)

    Maybe it's time for a UN Truth and Reconciliation mission because ultimately most of the problems boil down to two mutually exclusive narratives. Pro-Israelis see Israel as a legitimate continuation of an ages-old Jewish presence in the Holy Land, that has survived numerous attacks and has basically no obligations to the Pals whatsoever. In this scenatio, it's up to the Pals to prove to Israel why they should be given any free land on the West Bank whatsoever. Pro-Pals see Arabs from the 19th century onwards resisting European Jewa as they tried to establish a Jews-only political entity in their land. In their eyes, that explains acts of resistance to the Jewish state and it means that Israel has huge obligations to the Pals because it has taken large chunks of their land and still refuses to let them be free. The two positions have become so hardened and mutually exclusive that it's extremelt difficult to see how common ground can emerge in any negotiations.

    from the article: Olmert's negotiator: Full Mideast peace impossible
    First published 01:57 25.01.10 | Last updated 17:01 25.01.10
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