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A War of Endurance

Reader comment on item: Israel Shuns Victory

Submitted by Pat (United States), Mar 28, 2006 at 14:16

Victory comes in many forms. Some see it as outliving your enemy.

Peace will not come anytime soon because none of Israel's adversaries will live very long if they make peace with Israel - witness Anwar Sadat. It was said that the fear of death made Yasser Arafat reject peace in 2000.

Israelis' willingness to fight under Likud was seen as bullying a weaker neighbor. Their subsequent desire for peace, with the election of Barak, was viewed as weakness.

Israel has no partner for peace, as the recent Hamas election has shown, and it will not be allowed to win a war, so its people should simply live well.

They shouldn't waste their energy getting their neighbors to accept them. It's clear that won't happen anytime soon. They are better off devoting their resources to protecting themselves from attack, with the withdrawal from Gaza and parts of the West Bank, and the building of the wall. It's a pragmatic decision to spend their time and energy looking after their own and let their neighbors wallow in their own self-created misery.
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