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Settlemens Isn't the Problem - NYTime Jeff Goldberg's Conversion

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Submitted by Robert (United States), Nov 9, 2015 at 09:56

Dear Daniel Pipes,

Thought you might wish to observe a change of view by the notable New York Times journalist, Jeff Goldberg here, who no longer believes that "settlements" is the issues stomping peace between Israelis and Palestinian Arabs:

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2015/11/obama-netanyahu-israeli-palestinian/414849/

He writes so well, I thought it wise to quote a paragraph of his verbatim:

"Unlike Obama, several of his predecessors, and most American diplomats who specialize in the Middle East, I no longer believe that a reversal of the settlement project would necessarily set in motion a process that culminates in the conflict's end. The 100-year conflict between Arab and Jew was not initiated by the 48-year-old occupation of the West Bank. As the latest round of Palestinian terrorism directed at Israelis suggests, the conflict is about something more than settlements. For many Palestinians, and certainly for many Palestinian leaders, Israel is an illegitimate state, and the Jews are not a people. There will be no permanent end of the conflict until Palestinians bring their understanding of Jewish history into line with reality."

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