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American money to remove Hebrew from road signs, etc.

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Submitted by Vazir-Mukhtar (United States), Dec 13, 2009 at 14:11

Perhaps those responsible for providing the funds to help furnish road signs in Arabic and English alone think this is an example of even-handedness in US Middle East policy.

If it were possible, I would very much like to see the Palestinians (yes, I know they are not a homogenous group) step back from the desire for their own state and most thoughtfully consider what, if any, advantages would accrue to them if they were to give up the hope and desire to have their own state and instead become Israeli citizens.

Would the current Israeli blockade be removed? Would those now in Gaza and on the West Bank gain civil rights as Israeli citizens that they do not now have? Would their acceptance of Israeli citizenship give them the right to vote in Israeli elections? If so, would they not have the opportunity to influence Israeli politics and policies with regard to Palestinian welfare? Would they not be able to influence the building of Jewish settlements on land occupied by Israel since one of the wars? In a word, could it be possible that Palestinians would be better off as Israeli citizens than as citizens of their own under-developed, impoverished state? (Parenthetically, since the 1948 establishment of Israel just how much and what sort of help have the Palestinians had from Arab states?)

What is in the long-term interest of Palestinian infants and children? To grow up in a blockaded area, to see land that belonged to their forefathers occupied by those whom they despise, to be under the constant threat of war -- either of their own making or the making of others?

Can't one preserve one's integrity as a Palestinian and a Muslim living in a state where there are people who are neither Palestinian nor Muslim? Can't those living now in Israel not live as observant or non-observant Jews alongside others, even lots of others? Must Israelis and Palestinians live as members of tribal societies where vendettas go on for generations?

Perhaps there will be no utopian solution to the issues that divide the Israelis and Palestinians. But must there be a dystopian situation that affects not only them but the rest of the world as well?

Talk about egotism or chutzbah, if you wish. How much longer must the rest of the world put up with the arrogance and victimhood displayed by both sides?

I know: each side is going for a new record. Europe had only a 100-years war and the Palestinians and Israelis want to get into the Guinness Book of Records for having one that lasts longer.

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Title Commenter Date Thread
American money to remove Hebrew from road signs, etc. [435 words]Vazir-MukhtarDec 13, 2009 14:11165793
Removal of HebrewRoad Signs [70 words]Pat ZentaraDec 13, 2009 14:02165791
Re: Road Signs in West Bank [25 words]sheldanDec 13, 2009 12:15165783
Elimination of Arabic City Signs in Israel Area.1 3.07.2009 [20 words]TobiasNov 15, 2009 08:11164595
What's good for the goose... [15 words]JillianDec 1, 2009 00:45164595
What this is (translation) [46 words]Sylvia ScottOct 20, 2009 21:10163311
too much on here [13 words]goolOct 10, 2009 01:57162883
multi-language signs in Israel? [12 words]TheSadduceeOct 8, 2009 20:37162805
Ignorance [123 words]ShaheenOct 7, 2009 18:23162759
Pne more fact about USAID [152 words]Yuval Brandstetter MDOct 5, 2009 16:17162645
No surprise there. [125 words]DamanOct 5, 2009 15:19162643
Mr Pipes... did Obama et al really back down on "settlements"? [43 words]ben ZalamnSep 30, 2009 09:40162369
Obama and Hillary. [16 words]Sofa SogoodSep 29, 2009 12:12162306
Jimmy Carter [52 words]dfwhite19438Oct 2, 2009 19:19162306
Its called effeciency [36 words]Abdulkarim Al-HabsiSep 29, 2009 01:11162269
Of course, efficiency !!! [64 words]SvetSep 29, 2009 19:52162269
Fools [53 words]Sofa SogoodSep 30, 2009 03:15162269
Indeed Sofa'... [102 words]SvetOct 2, 2009 02:43162269
1Judenrein [24 words]Yuval Brandstetter MDOct 2, 2009 05:15162269
No Hebrew-speaking Arabs? [155 words]DerekBaOct 2, 2009 17:28162269
Remove Arabic from the Israeli currency, anyone - OR- is this a good thing? [122 words]James BurkeOct 3, 2009 12:54162269
I didnt say spending the money like this is OK [40 words]Abdulkarim Al-HabsiOct 4, 2009 03:41162269
That will not happen [8 words]Abdulkarim Al-HabsiOct 4, 2009 03:49162269
It is and Israeli law [57 words]Abdulkarim Al-HabsiOct 4, 2009 05:12162269
1James, Liberalism is a genetic disease... [139 words]SvetOct 4, 2009 20:45162269
Who's not a Nazi? [124 words]Yuval Brandstetter MDOct 5, 2009 16:10162269
Naivete [94 words]yuval Brandstetter MDOct 6, 2009 13:11162269
Who said a Palestinian State will ever run in the West Bank? [63 words]SvetSep 29, 2009 00:59162267
I, and 99.989% of world population say so. [39 words]Abdulkarim Al-HabsiSep 30, 2009 00:08162267
99.989%? Lowest Common Denominator -- Lack of Decency -- So Common in History -- The Brave and True Most Often Have Stood Alone [366 words]Sofa SogoodSep 30, 2009 23:44162267
Pres Obama has too much on his world plate! Let the Israel's and the Palestinians work it out on their own. [135 words]Ben ZalmanOct 1, 2009 14:22162267
I expect that it is a matter of time... [62 words]James BurkeOct 3, 2009 10:01162267
Where did I hear this before? [146 words]Abdulkarim Al-HabsiOct 4, 2009 03:21162267
You still need our oil and gas [171 words]Abdulkarim Al-HabsiOct 4, 2009 03:38162267
We will take what we want, when we want it [124 words]James BurkeOct 10, 2009 08:39162267
The U.N. Was Started With Good Intentions -- They Did Some Good for a Little While. It's NOW that they are "dog feces." The U.S. and Israel are the "Ice Cream" That Has Become Infected with the Diseased. [792 words]Sofa SogoodOct 21, 2009 08:08162267
Stealing Jewish History and Names Will Get You Nowhere. [449 words]Sofa SogoodOct 23, 2009 05:30162267
My Ideology [359 words]Abdulkarim Al-HabsiOct 23, 2009 06:52162267
5Arab-Nazi Connection 1920's, 1930's, and Links to Al Banna and Al Husseini [769 words]Sofa SogoodOct 26, 2009 23:36162267
Yes, Your Ideology -- It's Arabs Who Don't Care About the Palestinians [1922 words]Sofa SogoodOct 27, 2009 00:06162267
There were jewish collaborators as well [55 words]Abdulkarim Al-HabsiOct 28, 2009 07:33162267
This is so Boring, Along With All Your Other Canards and Cliches. Ho Hum. 99.9999% of the very few Jewish "Collaborators" were under threat and fear for their Lives. What other nonsense have you? [616 words]Sofa SogoodOct 30, 2009 21:35162267
Re: [NewYorkTimes 1962] Arab Nazism nothing has changed in 50 or 80 years [258 words]RobertaDec 20, 2010 03:09162267

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