reply to post by golemina
Actually, I *DO* know where you are coming from. It is a standard pacifist doctrine that only works in situations where both sides are viewed as
equals and the fighting is about something stupid and meaningless, like a fued between families. In cases like that, then yes, a unilateral and
sincere peace offering can be the starting point to peace.
This is not the case in Gaza. These people are, at the very root, fighting for the recovery of the homes they were kicked out of. In addition, they
are rebelling against being forced into a life of being 2nd rate citizens. They have no equal rights with Jews in Isreal. They want to be their own
people, but Isreal wants to be a Jewish state. Actually, what stuns me is how many Christians support Isreal. They aren't saying they want a
*shrug* I wish it was as easy as Hammas walking forward and saying, "OK, we'll cease fire and lock away our weapons for 12 months to give you a
chance to open our borders, restore normal services, and leave us completely autonomous". If Isreal actually accepted that and truely did all of
that without waiting until Month 11 Day 28, then, it *might* work. Course that would also assume that Hammas was willing to give up the core part of
their fight which is to return the land known as Isreal to the people that have been there for 500+ years.
The only real solution to all of this that I can see is:
1) All Palestinian groups recognize Isreal as a country accoridng to the pre-1962 borders.
2) Isreal De-Annexes all settlements outside the 1962 borders.. Those cities will become part of Palestine or Gaza and the residents will be citizens
of Palestine or Gaza.
3) The West Bank will be officially endorsed as a sovereign state known as Palestine
4) The Gaza Strip will be officially endorsed as a sovereign state known as Gaza
5 relatively simple things in principle... Course, it will never happen.
[edit on 6-15-2009 by rogerstigers]