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    • Peter
    • 02.11.09 | 18:16 (IST)

    '. If both peoples have one trait in common, it is that they cannot be bludgeoned, bribed, or sweet-talked into supporting a policy which favors only side.' History favoured one side. In 1947 with 35% of the population and 6% of land under Jewish title, the UN gave you 56% of Palestine. The civil war gave you a further 22%, In 1967, with almost no threat from Jordan, you took the remaining 22%, the West Bank. What the world can't understand is this haggling over that remaining, mainly desert and mountainous 22%, which represents the only feasible grounds for the defeated aspirations of Palestinian nationalism. You can talk for a lifetime about Israeli angst, Jewish history, existential fears. The fact is you have 78% in your pocket, and they have nothing. You whinge, and, for parity, say they have grievances. Until Israel musters the power to make a great historical gesture, asking for nothing except security, in exchange for peace, all comment is just that, gossip.

    from the article: Why do Israelis dislike Barack Obama?
    First published 17:13 02.11.09 | Last updated 23:42 03.11.09
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