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Mansoor, Israel has been trying to follow your suggestions for many years...

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Submitted by Leo (United States), Jan 12, 2009 at 04:27

Mansoor. do you not know the history of the recent years or are you pretending not to know it?

Israel has been trying to do exactly what you are suggesting -- live side by side with the Palestinians and try to improve their standard of living. They have been doing it all through the 1990's with their decision of signing agreements wth Arafat to establish the Palestinian Authority. Israel has been helping the Palestinians economically, with the Palestinians' standard of living rising sharply during those years. In return, the Palestinians failed to keep their side of the bargain, continuing to preach hatred toward Jews in their schools and mosques, printing maps without Israel on them, and stating that their final goal is elimination of the Jewish state. HAMAS has never hidden its intent either -- driving all Jews into the sea.

You may also be interested to know that before Israel has (finally!) entered Gaza to stop the missile attacks, it has experienced dozens of missiles fired at its civilian areas every day for the last 3 years!

It's sort of difficult to live in peace with your neighbor who wants to kill you. Regardless of how much good you try to express, if the other person is only determined to kill you, it is difficult to establish peace.

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