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Peace is hopeless until Palestinian Leadership Changes

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Submitted by David Minkin (United States), Feb 19, 2003 at 05:35

Golda Meir once said that there will be peace in the Middle East when the arabs love their children more than they hate Israel. Palestinian mothers continue to proudly send their children off to kill Israeli babies with nail bombs. As someone who honestly loves and values peace, I am saddened to say that now is not the time for peace there. Apparently, it must get worse for the Palestinians before their leadership agrees to make a single sacrifice for peace.

I hope someday there will be a genuine two state solution to the conflict. That could have happened any time in the last 40 years if the Palestinian leadership had simply accepted Israel's right to exist and abandoned terrorism as it's daily regimen. In 2000, an unprecedented offer was made to Arafat which would have quickly resulted in an independent Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza. He rejected it because he will never settle for anything less than ALL of Israel. Never. Peace cannot be possible as long as Arafat is in the picture, silently coordinating the brutal murder of Israeli civilians while pocketing billions of dollars in U.S. and international aid in his "free time". He is the lowest form of life on the planet, lower than the flies that swarm around his stench.

Israel has NEVER failed to exchange land for true peace (or even slightly less than true peace in Egypt's case). Perhaps someday a progressive, democratic visionary will step up to lead the Palestinian people through the simple process to peace. Then, and only then should Israel EVER enter a so-called "peace process" again. However, it will be unlikely to happen as long as Palestinian children are programmed to hate Jews and Israel in their government-controlled schools, textbooks, and media.

David Minkin
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