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Response to booley (Reply #78)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 11:50 PM

79. Except that Israel has the US as its friend and can negotiate

from strength, and Palestine has enough friends to get voted partial recognition in the UN and therefore also can negotiate from strength.

Palestinians have found it useful to pretend to be the only victims in the situation. That is not true. Israel very much needs the cooperation of the Palestinians because Israel needs peace. Israel is a tiny country surrounded by enemies. It needs to negotiate with the Palestinians. The problem is that Palestine really does not want to present solutions to the situation that will bring security to Israel.

Palestinians need to put on their thinking caps. They actually have all the power in the situation. They just don't realize it. Or maybe they really like playing that they are the helpless victims. I don't know about that, but I do know that they hold the only cards that count. Because only they can make peace. Only they can bring demands to the table that are realistic and will guarantee Israel's security while giving Palestinians dignity and economic opportunity.

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