69 million page views

Israel too cannot be exculpated

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

Submitted by Dr. Jonathan D. Safren (Israel), Mar 23, 2006 at 04:30

Though the onus of responsibility lies, in my opinion, with the Palestinians, Israel does share some of the burden for the failure.

1) Israel at the time thought that autonomy would be more or less permanent; it had not yet gotten around to the idea that there would eventually be a Palestinian state. This was not internalized until the second intifada.
2) The settlement enterprise continued unchecked, even under Labor governments. I believe terror would have continued even without this fact, but the expansion of old settlements and the construction of new ones certainly did nothing to alleviate Palestinian bitterness.

Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

Follow Daniel Pipes

Facebook   Twitter   RSS   Join Mailing List

All materials by Daniel Pipes on this site: © 1968-2023 Daniel Pipes. daniel.pipes@gmail.com and @DanielPipes

Support Daniel Pipes' work with a tax-deductible donation to the Middle East Forum.Daniel J. Pipes

(The MEF is a publicly supported, nonprofit organization under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Contributions are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Tax-ID 23-774-9796, approved Apr. 27, 1998.

For more information, view our IRS letter of determination.)