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    • r cummings
    • 09.11.09 | 19:52 (IST)

    'How about accept the offer of a state by the U.N. in 1947? How about Arafat counter-offering in 2000 when Clinton tried to make peace? How about the Palestinians recognizing Israel BEFORE the 1990s?! How about the Palestinians establishing a state when there was no "occupation"?' Be realistic Proud Zionist. A large swathe of Arab Palestine was given gratis to the Jews - didn't have to pay one shekel - and 800,00 Palestinians became refugees, either fleeing or being driven out. The Jews kept their homes and land, refused to let them return and declined to pay any compensation for the theft. Did they think the Pals would just say, Aw forget it, let bygones be bygones? Would Jewish people have? (No chance!). It is that which has fanned the resistance ever since, compounded from 1967 by the occupation and the colonial-era settlement enterprise. Israel will have to square up to the events of 1948 at some point and make restitution before the slate can ever be wiped clean.

    from the article: Response / Henry Siegman on Burston and 'Israel's pathology'
    First published 15:19 09.11.09 | Last updated 19:56 15.11.09
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