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Submitted by Larry, I appreciate your fstiuratron at believing that you are a possessor of the truth of reality that is denied to the gov't and to so many israelis. And I understand that you feel that Abbas is a man with whom Israel can deal. You feel that he is not l (Canada), Apr 17, 2012 21:45

Larry, I appreciate your fstiuratron at believing that you are a possessor of the truth of reality that is denied to the gov't and to so many israelis. And I understand that you feel that Abbas is a man with whom Israel can deal. You feel that he is not like Arafat-he is willing to cooperate with Israel, and Israel should cooperate with him, b/c if Israel doesn't, he will eventually be out of power, and the next leader will be more radical, and it would be Israel's fault for not seizing upon this opportunity, and Israel and the Israelis will be worse off b/c of the gov't's inability to see reality and act accordingly.Larry, the only answer I can give you is that the democratic electorate have (for the time being) collectively spoken, and determined that the risk/benefit ratio is not in favor of giving peace a chance as you see it. The risks are too great. They out weigh the risks of waiting it out to see if Abbas can do more to gain the confidence of the israeli electorate. Perhaps if he, along with Fayyad were to proclaim to the Palestinian people that we will no longer tolerate any violence, or celebration of martyrs, or we will no longer pay salaries to martyrs' or prisoners' families, or that we welcome israel as a state of the jews in the middle east, and can work to bring real security to the region, give up on RoR, THEN, I'm sure the Israeli electorate will respond accordingly. Until then I would have to say that my view, which as you say is the view of the majority is not based on a total refusal to see reality, but is rather seeing reality in a slightly different way than you do, which of course is subject to change. It is also not self destructive to Israel security, it is a difficult call made by the gov't with the support of the majority. And it doesn't condemn Israel to lose its democratic character-it will still be the same democracy it is now, and has been since seizing the WB. I don't think that they are about to annex the WB, which will cause them to the need to give the residents of the WB the vote.


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