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Submitted by Amigo (United States), Feb 3, 2018 at 15:38

It is a fundamental error of judgement and perception, in my view, to believe that the establishment of a Palestinian state would end the "Palestinian-Israeli" conflict. To the contrary, I think it would increase its ferocity exponentially.

It wouldn't be a "solution" but a vindication and legitimization of the history of Palestinian aggression, warfare and acts of terrorism against the Jewish state. It would embolden and enable Palestinians, now united behind the aegis and power of a universally recognized legal state, to further adventurism, aggression and terrorism.

"The destruction of the state of Israel", far from becoming a defunct, out of date and irrelevant rallying cry, could actually become the new state's raison d'ĂȘtre, possibly even emblazoned on a new shining Palestinian flag. (Check out what's emblazoned on the Saudi flag for further clarification).

Had the establishment of a legitimate, world-recognized Palestine truly been a viable solution for all parties concerned, that act would have transpired years ago. But that has never been the solution and it will never be the solution because the problem, as far as the Palestinians are concerned, is not the "legitimization" of the Palestinians (they already are legitimate in their view), but the return of Palestinian lands to their rightful owners and the vaporization of the state of Israel....period. Against such a world-view, a new nation of Palestine with its own established and recognized borders is beside the point.

In their view, the "nation" of Palestine already exists....it's just in the wrong hands for the moment.


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Title Commenter Date Thread
1The US embassy should be in Jerusalem [205 words]dhimmi no moreFeb 5, 2018 11:42242084
Back to the Drawing Board [251 words]AmigoFeb 3, 2018 15:38242072
There Will Be No Going Back to the Drawing Board [258 words]M ToveyFeb 28, 2018 11:49242072

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