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Thursday, July 09
In 1948, the United Nations established separate Palestinian and Jewish homelands with clear boundaries. Israel accepted, but the Palestinians joined other Arab countries in a failed attempt to destroy the new Jewish state. Both sides lost much blood, but the Palestinians also lost their country. They're still looking for it.
Following the 1967 Six Day War, Israel offered to return the freshly conquered lands in exchange for peace. The Palestinians joined other Arab countries to declare what became known as the Three No's: No peace, no recognition, no negotiations. Most Palestinians were now ruled by Israel, and still are.
Nine years ago, Israel offered the Palestinians the West Bank, Gaza and a slice of Jerusalem in exchange for peace. The reply was more violence against Israeli civilians. Peace was the deal-breaker.
In 2005 the Palestinians were given complete control of Gaza, with the expectation that they would build an infrastructure for statehood. Instead, they plunged into civil war and unleashed thousands of missiles against Israeli civilians.
The Palestinians blame Israel for their suffering while making choices that manifest their misery. They reject what they need while conjuring nothing they want. They sell themselves as surrogates for other people's agendas, only to be used up and abandoned. They embrace a diabolical cult that deifies suicide and murder in the name of a God who would never sanction
what they do.
If Israel withdrew from the West Bank today, moderate Palestinians would be obliterated and Tel Aviv would be an easy target for missiles. Zionism focuses on creation while the Palestinians focus on destruction. Only one of them prevails.
Meanwhile, Israeli Jews have resumed their place as a dynamic and distinct Middle Eastern tribe. Behind the scenes, most Arab states have abandoned their opposition to Israel in favor of a de facto alliance against a shared threat, while the Palestinians have aligned themselves with parties that comprise the threat. Once again, the Palestinians have chosen the wrong side of history.
Originally posted by Alxandro
One thing that Jews and Palestinians both share a belief in is the Old Testament, where it teaches "an eye for an eye".
Maybe this is the reason why Christianity came about.
Until these two religious groups learn how to "turn the other cheek" (New Testament teachings), only then will peace be possible.
[edit on 18-7-2009 by Alxandro]