The worst error of the past 40 years - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Janice
    • 31.12.09 | 22:52 (IST)

    By far and away the worst error of the past four decades was not ending the occupation, not moving back to the Green Line & building settlements, all of them illegal, in the Occupied Territories. Had there been no occupation there would be no Hamas. If anyone has forgotten, Hamas became a force with which to be reckoned in the late 1980s, 20 years after the Palestinians had lived under an unkind Israeli occupation. Even after the very corrupt and corruptible Arafat recognized Israel in 1988, the settlement building and occupation continued and many people turned to Hamas since Arafat was unable to deliver freedom. It must not be forgotten that in its early years Hamas was funded by Israel which saw the Islamic group as an antidote to the secular PLO. The blame for Hamas & for all the deaths caused by Hamas must be put squarely at the feet of successive Israeli governments who seemingly valued more and more Palestinian land and Palestinian resources over the lives of Israeli citizens.

    from the article: Israel's 10 worst errors of the decade
    First published 08:15 31.12.09 | Last updated 11:35 31.12.09
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