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  •  I admire people for voicing their thoughts on this (1+ / 0-)
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    omplex situation.  I must say however I never learn anything from these discussions, it is the same old stuff.  A friend of mine said, there is nothing new and won't be until the two in conflict decide to make peace with each other.  It will take both of them as it stands since a military solution is out of the question for either group.  Sounds like a stand off to me.  I certainly empathize with both sides and have a concern for Israel given the location of their country and for the many Palestinians living in sub-standard conditions, but when will they both relent and make peace for the good of their mutual survival together, The stalemate is deading, but I think I betray my fatigue with the situation more than anything else.  How can any one be an "honest broker" when there is nothing to really broker, but tit for tat defensiveness.  So we content ourselves with nitpicking about bus service because we really know the two parties do not want to make peace for the forseeable future.  

    •  I do appreciate your thoughts on this. (12+ / 0-)

      One thing though--I think it's a mistake to think of it as "two sides" who can't settle their differences. That's because one side is occupied, and the other is the occupier, with one of the strongest militaries in the world, the unconditional backing of the US congress, and the largest foreign aid from the US of any country in the world.

      The best way to prevent abortions is to arm fetuses.

      by Flyswatterbanjo on Sat Mar 02, 2013 at 11:05:57 PM PST

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      •  I don't see where Israel for all that is better (1+ / 0-)
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        off, all that advantage has not worked in it's favor, in fact it has facilitated a justified sense of support for the Palastinians.  The Palastinians are not powerless; however, or they would have capitulated long ago.  The Six Day War has left it's mark, but they are both locked in a struggle neither can win without a major effort to come to peace which for the time being is not a mutual need and probably needs to be for a big change to occur.  Certainly,  I know  that Israel is the stronger of the two, but they have both elected to continue a cold/hot war instead of getting to peace.  Israel builds settlements where they have been barred from doing so.  Palastinians refuse to accept the state of Israel, want them all to leave, period and lob bombs into them.  And so it goes stalemate and on-going hositility.  I am aware that it is possible to make arguements to all I have said and people do, but we are still left with two peoples who do not want to mutually make peace with each other so they are left to stew in this mutally painful situation.  i am very pained for both of them whenever I read about this terrible situation.  Perhaps, a read of the Bible takes some of the sting off because this area of the world has had a long history of conflict over many generations and it seems, not to be too biblical about it, we need, not devine intervention but leaders who say peace is more important than this cold/hot war.  We don't have them either so maybe devine intervention is all we have left to hope for.

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      corvo, Fire bad tree pretty

      You sound like the Village media talking about the sequester.

      This aggression will not stand, man.

      by kaleidescope on Sun Mar 03, 2013 at 08:06:04 AM PST

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