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Submitted by Gabriel Grosso (Italy), Dec 30, 2002 at 12:57

The Palestinians should go back to the negotiating table, if they want tot have any chance of establishing a Palestinian state. Violence will never ever pay off. I am in favour of Israel and I am not even Jewish. The international community is concerned with human rights in Israel. That is a legitimate concern. What human right is more important than security? With their adoption of violent and military tactics, Hamas and Islamic Jihad have done harm to both Israel and the Palestinians. Bombing a pizzeria in Israel can kill people but it cannot solve the broader issue of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Suicide-attacks are crimes against humanity and cannot be condoned. As the Israeli Supreme Court put it, "Security is a human right as well". Violence will only make the life of ordinary Israelis and Palestinians more difficult. Israel has a strong army and does not fear a handful of violent and fanatical militants. What is left for Palestinians? Negotiations. That is the only way a Palestinian state can be achieved. Say it a thousand times: negotiations.

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