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January 17, 2012 11:54 AM
In the end, Asau accepted
With all the feuding between Jacob and Asau, we don't often think about the fact that in the end, Asau accepted Jacob's right to the inheritance, and moved across the river to Egyp, with his entire family and belongings. Why don't his descendants do the same? Saul
January 11, 2012 11:53 AM
Actions Speak Louder Than Words
I have strong links to Israel, and hope for peace, as do many. Obstacles are not only confined to the unwillingness to negotiate on the Palestinian side, but the reasons for this. Settlements, towns, villages, in the West Bank continue to be the key stumbling block to negotiations, and always the first hurdle. Perhaps another freeze is necessary, this time implemented, to make the negotiation table more welcoming. In terms of inhabitable space, suggestions that the West Bank is 'roomy' are the same as suggesting the Negev is roomy, or the North. In essence, the 'right of return' would eventually have to encompass Arab refugees if a 2-state solution is decided upon. However uninhabitable the land, both sides need as much space as they can get, so who's right?
January 13, 2012 4:34 PM
It's obvious who's "right."
The Arabs have 26 Muslim countries in which to spread out. The Jews have a sliver of land, one-thousandth the size of Arab holdings. Whether you cut a pizza into 8 or 12 slices, it's still the same amount of pizza - only so much to go around. So it's not that the Arabs need the land (the Jews do). Psychologically, Arabs can't stand Jews ruling any "sacred Muslim lands." That's why even the "moderate" Palestinian leaders tell their people in Arabic that a two-state solution is only stage one of the grand plan of eliminating all of Israel. Settlements are not a stumbling block to negotiations - they are an excuse to avoid negotiations.
January 11, 2012 5:42 AM
They want all the banks...
Give up the West Bank and then they'll want the East Bank, the North Bank and the South Bank.
What we need to understand in our hearts is that it's not about the banks of the Land of Yisrael, it's about the soul of Yisrael.
January 10, 2012 9:03 PM
This video exposes the lies of Palestinian propaganda. Most people don't realize the tiny amount of land actually in dispute. The problem is not that the Jews live on so much land. The problem (as seen by Muslims) is Jewish hegemony over any land Muslims ever controlled (even if that land was originally stolen from Jews).
January 10, 2012 2:32 AM
Not one inch of land should be given away. This conflict is not about land. The Arabs in Israel should be taken in by
Saudi Arabia. We should never have given Gaza away. It has
caused Israel so many problems
January 10, 2012 1:44 AM
The Muslim world is opposed to a Jewish State
It is pointless for Israel to try to appease the Muslim world by sacrifices from Eretz Yisroel. The Muslim world is fundamentally opposed to any Jewish State - particularly in Eretz Yisroel as they believe once a land has been in Muslim hands, it always should be in Muslim hands, and they see the very idea of a Jewish state as offensive.
The West has its own agenda - particularly the US with its strong fundamentalist Christian beliefs. Israel should stand strong and not let itself be bullied by nations whose agendas are not fundamentally supportive of Israel's survival as a Jewish State.
January 9, 2012 4:52 PM
So many people are politicly correct without even realizing it. Settlements? How about towns? Settlers? How about residents? Palestinians of Palestine? Don't know what to call them as they are made up words.
January 9, 2012 1:01 PM
Peace with Security
There are no simple solution although as the narrator intoned the State of Israel has offered 97% of the territory to the Palestinian Authority. Dividing the land, keeping the peace and guaranteeing security is the only answer for both peoples with the full involvement of the United State and other representatives of the international community that will be acceptable to both parties.
January 9, 2012 12:51 PM
Why Are People Still Using the Word Settlement
The part of Israel being discussed are people living in Yehuda and Shomron. The word settlements is not the proper term.
January 9, 2012 3:58 AM
As long as Israeli Jews and Jews outside Israel support Israel the conflict will continue
It seems to me it's an internal battle among the Jews. Any sane person can see that forfeiting land has not brought peace and just creates a demand for further concessions and as the video shows weakens Israel.For many Jews a Jewish State which entails ruling over a large non Jewish minority or possiblly majority with limited rights is so disturbing that they'd rather have no Jewish State. It seems to me that the Islamic world in general and the Palestinians in particular are more interested in getting rid of the Jewish State than in having a Palestinian State. That is why no reasonable land swap is acceptable.There was a time no Israeli gov't would consider withdrawing from East Jeruslalem or negotiating with terrorists and agreeing to lopsided prisoner exchanges. Why should Israel's enemies lessen their demands when they are seemingly having success.
January 9, 2012 1:34 AM
To the "Palestinian" government, Israel should say, in a firm tone of voice, "For decades we tried to talk peace with you, you refused it and missed the opportunity, so live with it. We have nothing more to say to you, we are finished with you so go off and 'own' your own life." And to the USA and other countries "intervening," say simply most of the above, and add "we have gotten on with our lives in Israel without them, and they should do the same. We have divorced them. End of story." If USA or any other country pesters Israel, Israel should just say "sorry, but we have better things to do for our Israeli people, and will no longer bother ourselves with problematic, hateful people who can't get their act together and make their own lives." Israel needs to stop appeasing the world. No more meetings to discuss "them." And if other countries insist on "meeting," Israel should simply say "We don't interfere with your country or your friends or enemies, and would appreciate your respecting our right to do the same." Israel should stop being a puppet of the whims of others. End of story.
January 8, 2012 10:46 PM
it IS your Land!
This is the Land G-d gave to Israel - why are the leaders continually trying to give it away? The reason the Arabs want it IS because it is is the Land G-d gave to Israel!
January 8, 2012 8:41 PM
Peace - the deception
In Yad VaShem there is a model of Jews thinking they are going to the showers-not until the end did they realize they were gas chambers.
Secrecy and Deception was the Major Principle
in the Operation of the German Annihilation Apparatus
In view of a certain type of muslim's affection for hitler - recent proof from Ben Shapiro and proof from another blogger on this site (Edgar Davidson) it seems the spirit of Haj Amin Al Husseini who was in cahoots with Hitler is alive and in-keeping with the commandment of taqqiyah and kitman entrenched in the Qur'an and ahadith which exhorts its followers to use every stratagem of war - secrecy and deception/forked tongue/playing on emotions seems to be a major feature.
January 8, 2012 8:05 PM
PALESTINIAN POSITION IS BASELESS
I have been to Israel, and was surprised to see abundant space everywhere. Though most of it is desert, new settlements can be built by the Pals to accommodate their people. After all, most of the country is desert and hilly, and the elements were overcome to build the existing settlements.
January 8, 2012 6:44 PM
Israel must remain in the West Bank area
Regardless of what one may think or wish, the Israeli government must remain in control of the West Bank. Under Israeli rule there is stability and a somewhat peaceful existence.
There are ways to remain in control while at the same time allow for those who live in the area to have a voice.
It should be noted that when Israel left Gaza, there was no peace that was received in return. Numerous rockets have been shot from Gaza, and certainly that may be expected from the West Bank area, if Israel were to remove presence from the area.
Abraham L. Seiman,
January 8, 2012 6:07 PM
Giving up territory for peace has not worked for the past 50 years. Without and absolute guaratees for protection and disclosure of how it will be attained, Israel is condemned to an existing threats and possible extinction. Remember: One misteke is possible, but never repeat it again.
January 8, 2012 6:07 PM
To me, sitting in the United States, I wonder why Israel tries so hard to get along with those people (I speak of the leaders) who have consistently said NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO. To every proposal Israel has made. It is sheer MADNESS to try to talk peace with a people whose number one priority is the ultimate death and destruction of Israel.
Have we forgotten so soon what happens when Gentiles make promises to Israel? Have the leaders of the world ANY concept as to what is happening? No, of course not, the Arab world has taken Hitler's BIG LIE campaign to unheard of heights and the morons of the world weigh on one hand the Arabs and on the other the Jews. Since Jews have always been mistrusted, what else is new? They accept the Arab's sense of things.
I wear a Shield of David around my neck and when people begin go ask me about what Israel is doing to those poor Arabs I show them the piece of rocket that was lobbed from Gaza into Israel.
I bear no hatred for the people who are being held as hostages for the purpose of keeping alive the open wound of generational refugeeism.. You do not hear of Jewish refugee camps, but you surely hear the kvetching about the Arab refugee camps, camps that the UNITED NATIONS has permitted to grow and fester.
I say to hell with further attempts to talk with them; it just furthers the stinking Arab lies to tell the world.
January 8, 2012 5:03 PM
Israel should pay no attention to anyone who makes suggestions that put the Israeli people in danger. Other countries, like the U.S. or Canada or France or China, simply ignore outsiders who want to fiddle with their boundaries or other security concerns. Stand firm, ignore stupid suggestions, and if you feel you must enter negotiations, do so for public display only, but give up nothing that puts the security of the Israeli people at risk.
January 8, 2012 4:53 PM
There is no comprimise with the palistinians
Has there not been enough comprimise from Israel? Has there not been enough giving up of there homes, and land that they have setteled and made to flourish?
Who has done all the work in creating towns? who has made the desert flower like a rose? It is israel's people that love the land. What have they contributed? Only trouble and confusion. They are like our welfare bunch here in the states, they want everything given to them, without lifting a finger to benefit anyone else. I'm thinking of the line in one movie of a vice president, when asked to comprimise with terrorists," If you give a mouse a cookie, he'll want a glass of milk". Their greed and envy for what israel has made will never end, Tell them to stuff it!
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