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Fri Nov 16, 2012, 12:42 PM

Religion, Poor Leadership Remain at Heart of Israeli-Palestinian Conflict


Dan Ehrlich
Journalist and Broadcaster

Religion, Poor Leadership Remain at Heart of Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Posted: 15/11/2012 13:30

America's overture to its Iraq invasion was an intensive bombing campaign nicknamed "shock and awe." Then came the US and UK troops in an eight year-long war that resulted in hundreds of thousands of Iraqi dead and injured.

Yet, at the time there was just as much shock and awe at this trumped up war based on false evidence and not a single shot beforehand being fired at NATO troops.

But, let Israel react to constant provocations against its civilian and military populations and its cause for international outrage. A double, even a triple standard? Very probable since I never heard of an Iraqi missile landing in New York or London. Any nation has a right to respond militarily if attacked by enemies.

The fact remains that Israel is in a rather unique, almost no-win situation. It's the only country in the world surrounded by other countries seeking its destruction. And this pressure will continue, more because of the Palestinian Arab leadership than from popular will. For example, what other independent land, which the Gaza Strip in all but name is, has as it leadership a terrorist group in a constant state of war with it neighbor?

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PDJane Nov 2012 #1

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Fri Nov 16, 2012, 12:51 PM

1. Let me tell you something. Israel does not want peace.

If they have peace, they have no further reason to annex Palestinian lands and the water table underneath them.

If there is peace, they lose the reason for support from the US.

If there is peace, they lose the reason for a religious state.

No matter how much either side relies on religion, the truth is that Israel has annexed lands far outside of their borders and the need for security. It is a land grab. They can convince the religious that it is solely for the security of the state and that they are entitled to the land because of a work of fiction, but it is strictly a land grab and always has been.

This particular escalation comes after two days of reduced shelling and cease fire negotiations. Then, of course, Israel killed the leading militant and a couple of small children, and then invade both Gaza and the West Bank. That really sounds like peace negotiations, doesn't it.

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