Veritas, I agree with you the European colonial powers drew lines as they should not have been drawn, particularly after WWI, and particularly in the Middle East. Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Palestine are all cases in point. However, that genie is long "out of the bottle", and all parties are now faced with hard choices. I do not question Israel's commitment to a peaceful two-state solution. Yitzhak Rabin gave his life in his quest for it. Ehud Barak searched for it, and a bloody intifada was Israel's reward. Now Ehud Olmert is trying to find it, eeking a way between the extremists on both sides. No, it's not lip-service Israel has payed for seeking peace, but rather blood and tragedy. Yet the search continues. I hope the Palestinians, having suffered terribly as well, are at last ready to enter into an honourable peace with Israel. I pray for the success of their talks, so that the children of Abraham will not know war any longer. Kind regards.
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