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    • Morris Valentine
    • 17.02.10 | 01:09 (IST)

    'The fact, that Israel is so despised by the Arab street, is the only reason why organisa- tions like Hezbollah or Hamas are still able to flourish.' But just how truly amenable is 'the Arab street' to making peace with Israel, Dino? Suppose, just for a moment, that Israel agreed to a Palestinian state within the West Bank and Gaza, with a capital at E Jerusalem - everything the Arabs want, except perhaps the 'right of return'. Would the new state be willing to live in peace with Israel, or would it become a cockpit of extremist violence, like Gaza, only much bigger? Would most Arabs in the new state and elsewhere suddenly learn, after over sixty years of hatred, to tolerate an Israel 'thrust like a heart into the heart of the Arab world' (to use the phrase of an Arab diplomat)? Would Israel's withdrawal actually isolate Iran, or would it be seen as a sign of weakness and only embolden the mullahs and their clients? I wish I were as optimistic as you, my friend. M

    from the article: Israel should heed Obama's warning not to strike Iran
    First published 02:16 16.02.10 | Last updated 17:37 16.02.10
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