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    • danite
    • 07.05.05 | 01:17 (IDT)

    Well Tom Segev is one point of view it is a good book, I have read other good ones from equaly qualified scholars."what happened in 48" is thorny issue to say the least and their are many conflicting view points about it. I would say that in fact both peoples have been for years talking past each other and simply not willing to recognise the other in anyway as it was seen as impinging on the justice of their claims. I would add that while it is true the Palestinians (although they did call themselves as such untill around 1900) did not object to te tiny quietist jewish community living there, the Israelis did not object to Palestinians living in the state of Israel untill the war broke out either. Also let us remeber they did not object to the Jews but the jews where clearly in the inferior legal position. They also did not distinguish between Zionist jews and anit zionist Hasidc Jews in Hebron and Safed when they went on the progroms in 29. In general Arab muslims have difficulty relating to other peoples as equals as they are taught triumphalism from an early age, both gender based and political. Anyway whatever the case maybe I suggest both sides do what they want with their own narratives and not make it an issue as it only spills more ink blood onto an ongoing nightmare narrative they both with have the misfortune to share. I would suggest we all need to "wake up from history" and move on to new horizons as the past in theis case is only a poisoned well. Maybe one day they can read each others histories with out freaking out but best to leave that alone for now. I would also add that while i disagree with alot of what you say at least you have lived in Israel for many years and no doubt have experianced it more deeply that many on these boards who have not and so fail to understand the degree of feeling and thought it can engender. I myself lived their for six years and I know how it can"move" someone. In my time there I saw plenty of shame and glory to go around both ways, thats why I so ervently hope for a two state solution. Each master of his own house is the only conclusion I see having a chance to free them all from the 50 ton ape jumping around on their shoulders.

    from the article: Does Israel want peace?
    First published 00:00 06.05.05 | Last updated 00:00 06.05.05
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