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January 8th, 2009
Time magazine published an interesting article today about the Israeli assault on Gaza and broader issues Israel faces, to include inevitable demographic pressures. Time’s analysis isn’t pro-Israel, but it’s more objective than might be expected.
The article includes one statement that I strongly agree with:
…there’s something tragic, too, in Israel’s predicament: in any confrontation with its enemies, it is damned if it does and doomed if it doesn’t.
And it includes another statement that I find incredibly naive:
Israel eventually will have to pull back to the 1967 borders and dismantle many of the settlements on the Palestinian side, no matter how loudly its ultra-religious parties protest. Only then will the Palestinians and the other Arab states agree to a durable peace. It’s as simple as that. But for 60 years, in the Holy Land, there has been a yawning gap between what was simple and what could be achieved.
It isn’t as simple as that. This conclusion is based on the assumption that all the Arabs want is for Israel to exist within certain borders (which are nothing more than old, insecure armistice lines) and dismantle certain settlements. As evidenced by statements over many years by Arab political leaders, religious figures, academics, and people in the street, their ultimate goal is to destroy the state of Israel and render the region judenrein. If they couldn’t transparently mask this goal behind issues of borders and settlements, then they would find other issues. That’s how simple it really is.
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