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There are many types of Israelis. We are no more homogenious than people in the USA

Reader comment on item: My Testimony before the House Subcommittee on Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations
in response to reader comment: I find it hard to believe you are Israeli - all of your hostility is directed at Israel

Submitted by Fred Schlomka (Israel), Mar 2, 2007 at 09:35

Linda - What you call "hostility" is a critique of the situation from the ground. I love this country, otherwise I wouldn't be here. I have to live with the results of my government's misguided policies, and my people, and the Palestinian people will continue to pay the price. We do not live in an age where it is acceptable to take land in the fashion of colonizers. When your country was developed the resident population also responded with violence when their patrimony was grabbed by European peoples.

I'll just address one of your points since you are obviously not aware of the situation on the ground. You wrote "With the completion of the Wall, there will be little bloodshed, and their towns will not be surrounded."

I live West of the Green line just a kilometer from the Palestinian town of Qalkilya (pop. approx 45,000). I pass it every day and can guarantee you it is surrounded by walls and fences with one road into the town. This situation is typical of most Palestinian towns in the West Bank. My government is not content to build the Wall, but has chopped the West Bank into the areas that house Jewish settlements. What will be left in the end is discontinuous areas populated by Palestinians. This is the reason that most of the world is now calling these areas Bantustans since the emerging map is becoming similar to the Black 'homelands' for the former Apartheid regime of South Africa. Please look at a recent map which details these developments.

In addition, Israel's unilateral annexation of land that was intended to become part of the state of Palestine only continues to fuel the conflict.

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