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Submitted by Cotterall Adams (Canada), May 9, 2007 at 16:53

I don't agree with his perspective at all. Yasser Arafat was too radical for my tastes and I might need some convincing on Mahmoud Abbas. Personally, I am not against the political goal of a Palestinian homeland based on self-rule, and after a number of years once Israel's eastern border has been defined and peace agreements and security concerns are handled, eventually an independent republic. Defense issues will need approval from Israel and the States.

However, the threat of militancy against Israel has gotten in the way of the peace process. So has the demand for the right of return for the descendants of refugees from a foreign country that is not a country in reality but in theory on Israeli-owned soil from a war in the name of self-defense sixty years ago. It is the position of the government that land gained between '49 and '64 is compensation for this attack led by Arab aggressors (military and political leaders--not Arabs in general).

I agree. It is generally agreed-upon that it is dangerous to move back to the '49 border. I have always been the type to reject extremist views on both sides. I don't agree with the 'Greater Israel' and denial of the right of Palestinians to a homeland, either. Few Israelis outside Hasidic circles support that view. Most accept that some settlements will have to go and the rest can be taken care of through land swaps, moving borders, financial compensation and construction of houses for displaced Palestinians in Palestinian territory (note I am not referring to descendants of refugees outside Palestinian territory here). They know they will have to share Jerusalem, with East Jerusalem becoming an eventual capital of a Palestinian state. Their leaders have shortchanged them in the worst way. Now they do not even have aid, security, democratic rights and progress.


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Title Commenter Date Thread
On Edward Said [306 words]Cotterall AdamsMay 9, 2007 16:5392265
mirror image [55 words]p murrayDec 19, 2005 12:4530188
RE: Against Divestment Campaigns at College Campuses [204 words]MikeAug 10, 2003 01:5610491
Majority opinion among Columbia & Harvard faculty is pro-Israel [141 words]Charlie HallApr 30, 2003 15:218803
Said is entitled to his opinion [98 words]Khaldoun KhelilApr 28, 2003 20:078748
A word of advice... [74 words]Hooman BakhtiarApr 28, 2003 10:018704
Orwellian Definition of Israel as a "racist" state [296 words]Leonard ApplebaumApr 27, 2003 05:288690
Good work Daniel [17 words]Mike LukesApr 23, 2003 00:018591
Anti-Arabism [184 words]AvrahamApr 22, 2003 23:158590
Racism, Israel and Muslims/Arabs [203 words]JohnnoApr 22, 2003 23:088588
So pleased to read this [63 words]Peter EdgarApr 22, 2003 06:248531
Racism, Israel and Muslims/Arabs [157 words]Dan KatcherApr 21, 2003 15:198510
The Arab racism of playing Israelis' fear of Arab terror as "racism" [372 words]FreeNov 27, 2006 14:228510
Only Racism Motivates anti Israel "racism" charges - Constant campaign by racist Arabs [607 words]AlMar 21, 2007 15:398510
On Arab racism [192 words]Cotterall Adams 2Apr 30, 2007 14:388510
In Arabists' rule - Apparently, If you attempt to defend yourself against racist Arabs you are 'the racist' [156 words]AlDec 18, 2007 18:368510
Go ahead! Compare real Arab racism with Israel [1179 words]AlDec 19, 2007 02:188510
On Palestine [151 words]brainlessbananaDec 20, 2007 01:488510
Arab Racists' excuses [99 words]AlJan 1, 2008 10:598510
Arab Racism not acceptable: real causes of Israeli-Palestinian conflict more religious and political [317 words]Desert SiennaJan 2, 2008 11:078510
In Arabists' rule - Apparently, If you attempt to defend yourself against racist Arabs you are 'the racist [140 words]NoniMay 26, 2009 06:428510
FAKE "RACISM" SLUR BY RACIST ARABS [85 words]LunaFeb 14, 2012 17:558510
Fair and Balanced [38 words]sdurangoMar 18, 2012 20:458510
Isn't it tragic? [48 words]stanislausMar 21, 2012 17:368510
Arab racism vs Israel racism [77 words]stanislausMar 29, 2012 03:278510
University Profs. [221 words]Glenn KlotzApr 21, 2003 07:568493
Said [179 words]Marcus KaplanApr 20, 2003 16:328481
The horrible destruction caused by Edward Said [201 words]David ThomsonApr 19, 2003 15:428469

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