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    • Deborah
    • 12.05.10 | 05:13 (IDT)

    These settlements plans by the right could not occur or be implemented without considerable complicity from the left. Why is there no organized Israeli left willing to stand up to the bigots in their military, government and Jewish civil society in Israel? Why do they let the Knesset threaten Palestinian MKs? Why do they not support academic freedom for Palestinians? It's not enough to document the right's obvious and transparent vested interests. What has to also be accounted for if the rest of Israel and why it has managed to sleep walk into a binational state. Does the rest think that U.S. citizens will just bail Israel out at every turn? Guess again. We're not going to allow attacks on Iran, particularly while US soldiers are in Iraq and Afghanistan. I'm sorry, but the US is not going to fall on Israel's sword anymore. Younger Jews are sick to death of Israel's policies toward the Palestinians. And Europe which has always had a more balanced view and understands that there are two and not one side to the conflict and is also better educated and more politically sophisticated than Americans (witness unlike in America, the British public did not support their govt's invasion of Iraq), is successfully moving toward boycott, divestment and sanctions. While not an entire social phenomena yet, it will not be long before much of European civil society will not support Israel's bizarre policies. If settlers compose so few it is up to the majority in Israel to not only stop them but get their government to go home to Israel. The only tie breaker is the 1967 border. If Israel has to stay in East Jerusalem, stay in the West Bank, etc. then we are looking at a long struggle for a bi-national state.

    from the article: Jerusalem's best-laid plans
    First published 22:24 06.05.10 | Last updated 22:24 06.05.10
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