You ommit the Jihadist factor of the last decade, which has blown a thousand Israelis to pieces and maimed many thousands more, anywhere, anytime. - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Fortuna Benmayor
    • 21.01.11 | 04:23 (IST)

    If you keep this out of sight, then your article makes sense. But this fact is essential to understand why Israelis voted Rabin and a peace-seeking Barak in the 1990's, and Sharon then Netanyahu in the 2000's. They moved to the right, rightly or wrongly, because they were existentially threatened to blow up themselves, or have their children or loved ones made minced meat at the blink of an eye. That's what shifted things to the right, away from peace too. Your article, by ommitting this, is deeply flawed in its analisys of the Israeli psyche. How many thousands of people rallied in King's Square the night Rabin was killed. Right then, with peres replacing Rabin did the first terrorist wave of Palestinian suicide-bombings in buses start. They brought Netanyahu and his worldview out of fear. Real fear for their lives. And yet they were able to give peace a last chance when Barak, on a peace platform, won over Netanyahu in 1999. He did his absolute best to achieve peace. He got the second, much deadlier tsunami of suicide bombers onto Israelis. What a shame it is that you either have a selective cognitive process of analyzing Israel, or that you don't care for Israelis' lives in order to make a neat, but deeply flawed op-ed.

    from the article: Israel's first step to Mideast peace: Opening the door, Obama style
    First published 01:55 21.01.11 | Last updated 01:55 21.01.11
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