posted on Jul, 11 2010 @ 11:07 PM
This may cost me my future and I am sure I will get bashed by a lot of members, but I can be silent no longer. The truth will set me free of my guilt
that has eaten me as I haven't (until now) exposed what I know to anyone but family and a few friends.
While working for a major corporation throughout the Middle-east and Africa, I had the great privilege to spend a lot of time in Palestine and Israel.
I worked side by side both peoples and have many good friends from both sides. First and foremost, neither the Israeli nor the Palestinian people are
evil. Each want the same thing, good jobs to give their children better lives than the previous generation AND everyone I met want the hostilities to
end. BUT there are a powerful groups controlling each government. The Palestinians have very little influence at all, they are bullied by a few
militant groups and they fear for their lives if they cross them. The Israelis are like us, apathetic and withdrawn as they get their TV, food, and
the American way of life.
Having said that, the following is my assessment: The Israeli government is out of control and abusing the Palestinian people nearly as bad as the
Jewish people were abused by European governments. It's like the abused child that grows up and abuses their children. Add to this contrast, the US
government provides Israel with most of the funds to build their infrastructure (their roads are way better than ours in the US). Meanwhile the
Palestinian people get almost nothing from anyone. Day by day the Palestinian land is annexed by the Israeli government (including water and power
plants) AND they fence in entire villages locking them in every night! Even more appalling is that you have to drive for over an hour passing mile
after mile of undeveloped land to get to the Palestinian villages and yet Israel puts out these mobile settlements that keep encroaching on the
Palestinian villages taking more land. WTF!!
The Palestinian businesses must scrap for everything (I admire them so) taking hit after hit, but continue to persevere. They are honest to the core,
work incredibly hard AND still have a great attitude in spite of everything. I am not one for much emotion, but after one meeting I had with over 100
Palestinian businessmen/women, I had to excuse myself to go outside and cry. I was so humbled by them and I felt so ashamed of myself. Hell until then
I would complain if I didn't have the best hotel room, most expensive meals, fly first class. etc...
If we Americans cut the funding to Israel and instead give it to the Palestinians to rebuild their infrastructure, educate their children, allow then
to keep their land, you would see a different world.
So much more to tell.....