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Pro-Palestinian vs. anti-Israel

Nonie Darwish, a brave Arab woman, writes in WSJ: An Arab-Made Misery

Arabs claim they love the Palestinian people, but they seem more interested in sacrificing them. If they really loved their Palestinian brethren, they’d pressure Hamas to stop firing missiles at Israel. In the longer term, the Arab world must end the Palestinians’ refugee status and thereby their desire to harm Israel. It’s time for the 22 Arab countries to open their borders and absorb the Palestinians of Gaza who wish to start a new life. It is time for the Arab world to truly help the Palestinians, not use them.

March 24, 2009 Posted by | Arab-Israeli Conflict, Israel, Palestinians | , | 1 Comment

Addicts and enablers

Fresh and sharp view on the conflict. I think Bill Siegel’s got it exactly right:
The Addicted Palestinians by Bill Siegel

How responsibility is allocated among the parties determines virtually everything that is said on the topic. In short, those who in some sense side with Hamas or the Palestinians in general necessarily hold Israel responsible for Palestinian actions. This is the very same process addicts utilize to rationalize their own behavior, and the Palestinians and their sympathizers have employed it for decades. Similarly, many others who hold Israel guilty are fulfilling the same function that enablers perform in complementing the addict’s role. The two work together, with an almost unquestioned certainty, to support a narrative that allows the addict to continue his or her behavior. Maintaining the status quo is the hidden joint goal and the Palestinians have performed brilliantly in preventing any real change from disrupting their addiction.

March 21, 2009 Posted by | Arab-Israeli Conflict, Palestinians | , , | 1 Comment