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Submitted by sandie Schmaier (United States), Jan 2, 2011 at 12:51

Daniel,

I just listened to your tape on C-Span regarding the Arab-Israel conflict & diplomacy. I found the need to comment.

Please read my comment. Where could the Arabs have won their land back? At what point in history? Many powerful leaders have apparently gone to their grave regretting their actions regarding Palestine.

Background:

First of all, I am proud to be an American. I would never want to live anywhere else.

Given the fact that I am an American, I have access to unlimited information - I have spent all of two days researching the Israel and Palestinian problem as my daughter is very involved in Model United Nations and has visited China and other colleges across the country debating very important issues. Her upcoming topic is the "Six Day War".

Now back to your comments to C-Span. You have simplified the problem and so will I.

Could it be that the Palestinians want their homes and land back? Did we forget that families were ripped from their homes and the land they owned? And then, these very people were then given a tent as their new home and intimidating police check points to go through to reach their schools, work places, hospitals, etc.? Imagine a country deciding to occupy the United States of America by force (with only a letter written to Lord Rothchild as evidence of legitimacy ). Let's say they were successful and you were made to live in refugee camp or move to another land by force. I am just wonder how long it would take one of these deplaced Americans previously living in- say, Atherton CA or White Plains, NY to just decide to "give up" the fight for their home, and their land and sign off on the new "state of being"? I think never. What do you think an American would do? I am curious? Remember the "golden rule", good parents teach their children.

The circumstances of this occupation and the details of the peace deals that have been put forth (not to mention past McMahon letters dismissed as oversights) make it difficult for a common Palestinian to trust.

Keep in mind my suggestion of thought and now think of your idea suggested on C-Span (of a human just "giving up" their beautiful home and land to live in a economic and agriculture wastland). I think you might be thinking along the lines of a fairy tale we tell our children.

Please inform of why I am wrong about human nature and their desire to fight for their home.

with all due respect,

Sandie Schmaier

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My reply is here: http://www.danielpipes.org/8329/palestine-betrayed

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