I think it is important to recognize that both the Israeli and the Palestinian leadership are taking the "high moral ground" as you put it, and neither really deserves to be there. My thinking on this is, Israel is the stronger party, that's why they are doing more damage to the Palestinians. If the Palestinians were stronger, they would certainly kill more Israelis. As it is they have shown themselves willing to send young people in to blow themselves up and take civilians (typically always some babies
) with them.
I know that I have been arguing that Sharon is the source of all evil. That's because Sharon's government was a change for Israel and the PA admin. has not changed. They still have Arafat in charge, and did even when Abbas was the nominal PM. So if I'm saying that things are worse because of Sharon, it's because he's the leadership factor that has changed. I really do think he's extremely bad news, but I don't want to say that Arafat isn't part of the problem.
|Originally posted by 3boys4us
Anyway - back on track - what about those settlements - why isn't the Israeli govt. willing to remove them? They are costing the Israeli govt. and people millions of $ esp. in the face of extremely weak economy - why not?
As I posted up thread, I think it's the water. Even if there were political will, which there isn't right now, it would mean giving up the water source for Tel Aviv.I'm reposting the link about the water in the West Bank.
From the same site, This water expert had an idea about how Israelis and Palestinians could share this resource, 10 years ago.
I think it is always possible for this conflict to end if the negotiations can give both sides what they need:
1. total cessation of violence
2. access to water
3. freedom of movement sufficient for economic viability
(that means for both the PA and Israel--you can't say that Israelis have freedom of movement, either, if they are constantly worried about being bombed)
4. access to holy sites
5. co-operation between two state entities on some economic and access issues
On an NPR show, I heard Dr. Mustafa Barghouti (the brother of Marwan Barghouti, the PLO member that Israeli tried for terror-related activities). Dr. Barghouti talked about Israel and Palestine setting up an arrangement like Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg.) It sounded so completely impossible and crazy that it made me cry. When's the last time that a Dutch person blew himself up on a Belgian bus? But on the other hand, I think that's what we should hope for. Because every other model looks terrible.