The concept of the SOVEREIGN State of Israel is a VALID one… especially given the AGES old history of the persecution of the Jews as a way to DEFEND ourselves from those who would start another GENOCIDE against us (& don’t think for a MINUTE that there aren’t PLENTY of those still around)….
But “Zionism”.. after it was HIJACKED by a bunch of messianic troglodytes, took it WAY too far & started to liken this “sovereignty” to a blood feud… the (deserved) CHIP on Israels shoulder after the Holocaust seemed to have GRAFTED itself to the mindset of these hardliners.. things that need to be EXCISED from the soul of Israel once & for all.
The HARDLINERS’ juvenile contention that somehow Israel would be giving ANYTHING “back” as opposed to SHARING it is the kind in intractable mindset that has caused COUNTLESS GENERATIONS of innocents to suffer & die.. live their lives in FEAR & LOATHING & HOPELESSNESS…& it is the mindset that will end up DESTROYING it.
This is only PERIPHERALLY a political problem.. it’s based almost ENTIRELY upon raw EMOTION.. the hardest thing to even DEFINE, no less debate & resolve… yet no solutions will stand the test of time if they are solely relegated to politics.
These new settlements.. in fact ALL SETTLEMENTS need to GO… & UNTIL then, ALL financial support the United States affords Israel must STOP… & we should BOYCOTT their products as well.
Israel AGREED to do this DECADES ago.. as well as their PROMISE to revert back to pre-1967 borders. They RENEGED.. & that is a SHANDA.
As a Jew who’s mother still sports numbers tattooed on her forearm, whose father (bless his soul) ran GUNS to Israel with Zimmel Reznik in the late 40’s, I FERVENTLY support the premise that The State of Israel MUST endure.
As a LIBERAL, I’m ASHAMED of some of the rhetoric.. some just simplistic.. some PLAINLY antisemitic by so-called “progressives” on some sites like The Huffington Post regarding Israel.
That said, I am VERY ASHAMED that the neoconservatives currently in power are THUGS who have committed atrocities in Gaza & the West Bank (turning Gaza into a GHETTO that can rival WARSAW)… & have treated the Palestinian People as WE had been treated in Germany.
The people of Israel MUST purge themselves of the same malignancy that WE had managed to do a year ago last November…. & they need to be afforded the SAME patience in doing so that WE were afforded… & I am THANKFUL for the stand that President Obama & Secretary of State Clinton have taken to put Bibi Netanyahu in his PLACE.
ALL of the Arab Nations are going to have to be MUCH more proactive in settling this dispute than they have done… the quasi-righteous indignation spouted by them regarding the Palestinians NEVER actually manifested as anything other than cynical, empty rhetoric..
For example, when Netanyahu is FINALLY bounced by Livni (she actually WON last time.. but Bibi pulled a “Bush” on her & stole it) the REAL process can restart.
Israel MUST return to pre-1967 borders, which means that the GOLAN HEIGHTS has to go back to SYRIA, who was controlling the territory when they attacked Israel. Like it or not, THEY have to have a dog in this fight as well… & allow the Palestinians to annex it as their own.
Gaza & the West Bank (along with Golan) should comprise the SOVEREIGN STATE of PALESTINE.
As much influence that the United States might have with Israel.. the ONE MAN in the region who is INDISPENSABLE is KING ABDULLAH of JORDAN… who is the ONLY PARTICIPANT that can make this work for ALL PARTIES.
In Islam, the Hashemite King of Jordan is the ONLY ruler in that region charged with the “Guardianship” over JERUSALEM…
NOT the United States..
Israel MUST stop the childish notion that if they SHARE Jerusalem.. they ”lose” Jerusalem… & if it turns out to be the case that this is the ONLY barrier to a MEANINGFUL peace agreement, then they MUST compromise.
For me, Israel should once again adopt TEL AVIV as it’s Capitol.. Palestine should name Hebron theirs.. & Jerusalem should be designated an INTERNATIONAL CITY… Generally overseen by Jordan… with the disparate “zones” autonomously adjudicated by the different ethnicity’s that live in them.
At SOME point, for the good of Israel.. for the good of the region.. for the good of the WORLD, they will realize that “dominion” over what is no more than MORTAR, STONE, WOOD & DUST isn’t as important as their CHILDREN.
The animosities in the Mideast have been ongoing for EONS…
….but we should NEVER stop trying to END the INSANITY once & for ALL. .