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Submitted by K.H. Ahmed (United States), Oct 25, 2007 at 09:34

It is not always necessary to have a common goal in order to resolve a dispute. All that is required is the desire to resolve the dispute. Mr. Pipes position is that there is no resolution to this problem. While there may well be a desire among middle eastern leadership to see an end to Israel the vast majority does not see it as a realitiy nor do they see it in their best interests except for political machesmo.

If the question is whether a two state solution will end the problem - the answer is no. But it will go a long way towards lowering the tension level between the parties and perhaps remove some rehetoric currently available to the extremists. Naturally the orientalists and the neo-cons will say you can't trust the Palestinians- but from the flip side I wouldn't trust the Israelies either. Whether Mr. Pipes likes it or not at some point this issue has to be addressed and be addressed by ignoring or working through past grievances on both parts. At some point, I hope, Mr. Pipes will have to go from being a mouthpiece for a greater Israel and back to being a professor who "studies" the middle east.

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