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Reader comment on item: The Palestinian-Israeli War: Where It Came From, and How to End It

Submitted by Donald W. Bales (United States), Mar 22, 2006 at 18:35

I don't really like Alan Dershowitz, but his book, "Why Terrorism Works" is very convincing..

Rewarding people for bad behavior ensures that there will be more of it. Each concession made by the Israelis and each acceptance by the rest of the world of the violence of the Palestinian Arabs encourages them to continue. Why should they abandon a successful strategy?

There is a lot of foggy wishful thinking on the part of many that reason will prevail.The end of Israel as a Jewish state would end the war, but at the cost of a terrible injustice and the death or displacement of several million Jews. It might be expedient, but it would not be right.

The defeat of the Palestinians to the point that they give up their malignant dreams of destroying Israel and the Jews is the only just way to have peace.

Oslo had no chance. Arafat didn't mean it, and, even if he had, the populace would not have honored the agreement.
So far as that goes Egypt and to a lesser extent Jordan have not truly honored the peace pact.

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