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notfullofit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-17-08 03:08 PM
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27. Nakba

The popularity of the narrative of the "nakba" has greater implications for Israel than just a nationalist slogan or a bid for supremacy in the war of public relations. It leads Palestinians and their advocates in a direction away from responsibility for building a nation and toward illusion and blame, twin illnesses which have haunted the Palestinians for decades.

Today there is real hope for a different result. Today, Israel's 60-year hope for peace is being heard by Palestinian and Arab leaders. Today, leaders of the Palestinians like President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salaam Fayad are trying to pursue a path toward realizing the Palestinian dream of a state, while the forces of Hamas hold the Palestinian people's aspirations hostage to the false and destructive promise embodied in the concept of "nakba." Today there are pragmatic leaders in the Arab world who went to Annapolis and let the Arab League openly talk about normalizing relations with Israel.

Instead of looking backward and remaining anchored in the failed vision of a "nakba," the world should join with Israel and the elected leadership of the Palestinian Authority to bring a new vision of success and good fortune for the future of the Palestinians.
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