Yes, the extremist youth who attack Palestinians and also the IDF are thugs or even worse and I hope that the authorities will be able to stop this behaviour once and for all. There are few Israelis who support them or condone them. However the basic problem is that the Palestinians are not willing to sit down and work out a settlement. Over the years they have almost reached an agreement on several occasions and then rescinded on them. They don't seem to want the responsibility of a state or are too frightened of the extremists amongst them who do not accept the right of Israel to exist at all. As an Israeli who desperately wants a settlement with them and who understands the price which has to be paid in terms of land, I simply don't understand why the Palestinians cannot get their act together. How many times does the Israeli government have to call them to come to the Negotiating Table? As for the atrocities committed by Israelis - I would suggest that judgement on Israel be made after inspecting the behaviour of the Arab governments towards their own people in the surrounding countries. Whilst I abhor any bad treatment of Palestinians living under Israeli rule (and most are already governing themselves), I am absolutely sure that their lives are still easier than their brethren in Syria, Jordan, Egypt and elsewhere. And those talking about atrocities should visit the Israeli hospitals where Palestinian civilians receive amazing medical treatment, the growing number of Palestinian doctors training at those hospitals and the effort made by many Israeli organisations to seek cooperation with their Palestinian counterparts. Of course this is never mentioned in Haaretz.
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