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    • Peace Lover
    • 12.12.10 | 08:45 (IST)

    “The only existential option is integrating into the region (a term coined decades ago by Uri Avnery)” very true! Indeed no nation can live by the sword forever…This reality has to sink in! It is not a delusional idea from wimpy leftists who do not grasp the danger surrounding Israel; it is a fact! Israel cannot survive in the long term without being integrated in its neighborhood…Once this strategic choice is absorbed and embraced by the Israeli public then peace may have a chance! It is true that a lot of those who do not wish success to peace talks on both sides will do everything to sabotage any possible deal, it is true that there are no strong and representative leaders in the other side that Israel can look to reach a workable deal, it is true that Israel is powerful now and does not need to make concessions to a weak and divided “enemy”, (and the list of “it is true that” can go on forever). Having said all of that, Israel must find a way to revive peace by taking small and big steps (e.g. stop playing politics with settlements, “help” Palestinians select strong and representative leaders that they trust and can negotiate on their behalf-[e.g. free up Marwan Albarghouthi], stop the siege on Gaza: Israel must show Palestinians that it really cares about them much more than what their “Arab brothers” who abandoned them…etc). In short, make Palestinians strategic partners to be able to integrate in the region; otherwise no chance! Do not worry about Iran or Hezbollah (make them international issues not Israeli ones), strengthen the internal front by treating Israeli Arabs and Palestinians with full rights and dignity…be creative! Think out of the box! Stop playing short term politics (I am sure Netenyahu will do everything to stay on power!) Don’t focus on the “enemy” Look at the mirror and ask the hard questions…before it is too late!

    from the article: Israel may have no military option against Iran
    First published 01:39 12.12.10 | Last updated 01:39 12.12.10
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