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Submitted by Stephan Benedict (United States), Jan 31, 2009 at 14:06

Israel has fully withdrawn from Gaza in 2005, making it a "liberated" territory. To what and to whose benefit? To the "benefit" of radicalizing them even further and making them buckle to the extremist Hamas, who are murdering their own people, leaders of the Fatah and every Palestinian who disagree with them. They do not want to co-exist in peace with Israel, but are seeking its destruction.

What did the rich Arab countries do for their Palestinian "brothers", for more than half-a- century? Nothing! They have been used by the rich countries like Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Abu Dahbi, Bahrein, etc., as political peons in the political scene to demand their "rights". They have been the ones who kept the Palestinian in darkness and misery, in refugee camps all over the Arab world, never trying to force politically the host countries to solve their refugee status. Why? Because that was the way to radicalize them, the "engineered path" to bring them to desperation, to become suicidal and outcasts, ready to commit the most atrocious crimes in the modern times, creating the international terrorism and threatening the world peace with World War III, as they have nothing else to lose.

Furthermore, these neighboring Arab countries have actually assisted the Hamas' of the world by paying the families of the suicide bombers which promulgates more death and destruction of a country that wants only to live in peace with their neighbors. It was not Israel who brought them into this deplorable situation, as they urged the Palestinians for decades to start developing their own territories by creating jobs and pursuing peace towards betterment of their own lives and their families. It was the neighboring and the rich Arab states who contributed to this condition, by knowingly allowing the Palestinians from Gaza and West Bank to become "a gun powder" society and by not dealing on purpose with the Palestinian refugees all over the Arab world, thus contributing to the misery of their own brothers, and having later on hypocritically a reason to blame Israel for their misfortunes.

If the present Palestinian leaders will ever agree on any sorts of condition to settle them for peace, they will become obsolete. Their role will have to change, including their leadership role, which they are unwilling to abandon. They are ethernal revolutionaries and as such they will preserve the status quo for ever. And on one hand they are not used to settle, on the other hand they are unwilling to start from scratch a new society, and to build a new country because this is too complicated for them and they are afraid to do it. They prefer to "live dangerously" forever. There is no rational that would make them change.

The only solution will be to provoke or support a splinter armed group to fight them for power and then to impose a peace on them by forceful means. That's the only solution to get rid of Hamas and Hetzbolah in my view.

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