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What will it take?

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Submitted by Kenneth S. Besig (Israel), Dec 21, 2004 at 12:17

I am happy to see that you and others are now discussing the root cause of the Palestinian Israel conflict, that is, the implacable and apparently immutable desire of the Arab world to destroy Israel and exterminate or expel her Jewish inhabitants, manipulating the Palestinian people and issue to pull the trigger. I and others would think that after sixty years of constant Arab terrorist, military, diplomatic, economic, and political attacks on the existance of and the legitimacy of the democratic Jewish State of Israel that the International Community would rethink its approach to the region. I would think that the abject and usually lethal failure of every single peace plan, initiative, or proposal ever made by anyone, that that same powerful and influential community would realize the futility of proposing either more peace conferences or still more financial aid to Israel's enemies. I would like to think that they would realize that they have failed to understand the real dynamic of the conflict in the Middle East, especially vis a vis Israel and the Palestinians.
It is so obvious that one could just cry. If this conflict was truly about Palestinian rights, territorial compromise, a two state solution, or Palestinian poverty, poor medical care, or lousy education, or even the Palestinian refugees, then this conflict should and would have been resolved decades ago. Instead, by trying to bypass or ignore the Arab and Palestinian delusional and obsessive desire for the destruction of Israel, the international community twists itself into knots with unrealistic proposals, and tries to calm the area with infusions of large amounts of money, and a deliberate misunderstanding of the situation.
So there will be another peace conference, more Israeli security and territorial concessions, more unreasonable and impossible Arab demands, with some sort of photo opportunity of the parties involved shaking hands and smiling, another of a seemingly endless series of documents signed, and couple of hours, or days, or even weeks of relative quiet, and then another couple of dozen defenseless and innocent Jewish Israeli men, women, children, and babies will be butchered by another Palestinian assassin, cries of international outrage will be made, Israel will be told not to react harshly to the latest provocation, that the Palestinians need time and help to stop the terrorism, and then another Palestinian terror attack will take place, and another, and another, and finally the Israelis will react, and another peace plan will join its fellows from Camp David, Oslo, Wye, and Taba, on a dusty shelf in the State Department. Dr. Pipes -- this script is so old and worn out, if it wasn't so damned tragic, and didn't kill innocent people, it would be boring! Personally, I am sick of it!
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