There's an element of truth to the analogy, but it's not the paramount issue for the conflict... - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Smadar
    • 07.07.11 | 06:14 (IDT)

    It's really more of a territorial conflict between two peoples and a conflict which has a security component (the survival of the Jewish State within the Middle East) unlike other regional conflicts. But it is a contributing fact, that a lot of people within Israel and the Diaspora who can't comprehend that the Palestinians deserve their independence as well as the Jewish State. Having been inhabitants of the region for centuries, while not thousands of years as the Jewish people, they do have legitimate rights for self determination and to coexist alongside Israel. If Jews and Muslims coexisted for centuries in the Middle East, then it's possible to do so once again.

    from the article: Empathy toward the Palestinian side invokes hatred and distrust
    First published 03:16 07.07.11 | Last updated 03:16 07.07.11
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