A lot of people might feel Israel isn't our problem. There are those who totally side with the Israelis no matter what they do because they see them as like us. The argument goes, for those who are not Christians of the apocalypse sort, that it's a Democracy and an example to the Middle East of what can be done in such a place with Democracy.
Well there might be truth in that although Israel has done much of what it has through being supported by Jews around the world as well as having favored friend status with the United States. But still they are successful and their success could be an example of what education can do for a people.
When Obama suggested taking into account the amount of land that each had before the 1967 war, he suggested land swaps to give each enough land to make for a successful country. That might involved allowing Israelis to keep their illegal settlements since that time by trading for other viable pieces of land.
It would not allow continued illegal (illegal under Jewish law) settlements, not if the Israelis really want peace. You cannot just take what someone else has without having them want to attack you. We would feel the same way and have in this country with what many have felt is happening to us with our own illegal entrants. Wars are fought over land and it's not like the Palestinians are the first ones to want to do it. They are just weak as were our own Native Americans.
I don't know the solution to the problem there. There is a political power beyond the Israelis who don't want peace in that region. Basically you can see it in the Muslim world where they relish the idea of a continuing enemy that they can use to raise money and young people ready to die to make things right even if they have no concept how that will come about from their methods. You can see it among radical Christians who believe Israel is going to be the center of Armageddon and it requires a united Jerusalem and Israel for that to happen.
What I wish is people, who don't like what Obama said, would suggest ideas that they consider better, not just try to attack him as stupid or naive (he's neither) but go for the real suggestions. Why is it a bad idea and if it is, what do they suggest? Do they believe just blowing up all Palestinians would solve the problem there? If they do, they are the naive ones.
I don't blame the Israelis for wanting defendable borders but really it's more important that they find a way to deal with the animosity. There is a chance in the Middle East for it to go either way as more and more of the Arab population is demanding a piece of the pie, a chance for a better life, a democratic state. It all could go so many ways and some of them obviously bad for the world, but others quite possibly good for everybody.
The Arab people actually have a proud tradition in their history of development and advancement. That all came to an end with a religion that didn't respect education or science even the science the Arabs themselves had created. If many of those countries do turn to democracy and not a theocracy, we could see a totally different world in the future. It would be wonderful if the Palestinian and Israeli people were leading the way.
Keep in mind there are a sizable group of people in the world though that profit from war. They don't want peace there or anywhere. Those of us who really do want peace, reasonable peace, who believe negotiating can get it, we better speak up about it because you know the warmongers are all too eager to do that.
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