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Fair go for all

Reuters reports an important development in Israel’s understanding of the conflict:

“Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said on Monday acceptance within the international community of Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state would erode with time as conflict with the Palestinians dragged on.

“Unless progress was made towards establishing a Palestinian state as mandated by a U.S.-backed peace road map, Livni said in a speech, pressure could grow to turn Israel into a bi-national state in which Israelis and Palestinians would share power.

“With a higher Palestinian birth rate, that could mean the end of a Jewish majority in what is now Israel, she said, giving voice to an argument interim Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has raised for trading occupied land for peace.

“‘I say that time works to our disadvantage, not only from the standpoint of demographic numbers…but also from the standpoint of the legitimacy of a state for the Jewish people in the eyes of the international community,'” Livni told a policymakers’ forum near Tel Aviv.”

I’ve long believed that a bi-national state is the ideal way to resolve the conflict, but it must be reached in stages. Therefore, a two-state solution is the best way forward for the foreseeable future. A full and frank appreciation of suffering on both sides, reparations for Palestinian losses in 1948 onwards, the eradication of the occupation, a shared Jerusalem and joint environmental policy will, at some point in the future, be the only solution.

Livni – Jews Sans Frontieres rightly asks: “Where else on the world would a politician so obsessed with ‘demographics’ be described as ‘centrist’ and by Reuters too? – has merely articulated the fear within many Jews. Can you imagine the outcry if George Bush publicly stated he wanted a white majority to remain in the US? When Israel talks about “demographics”, however, it’s labelled “pragmatism.”

65 comments ↪
  • Wombat

    Elementary moral principles for me, means what Rh was alluding to. That you must take reponsibilty for what happens to you as well as what you do. Sometimes this means confronting what we would rather not.Words like retavism and equivalence have been used to create some blurred demarcation line between freedom fighters and terrosists.It's a fraud. Vilence is violence and becasue we do it without meanign to kill innocents does not absolve us of reposnsibility just becaseu we consider our intentiones pure.

  • Clumsy Birds

    Addamo_01,Why aren’t you therefore enlisted with the armed forces oh brave one?Poor logic. Did you support Timor? Why weren’t you with the ADF? When the UN finally gets off its swollen lazy arse, will you be in the army they send to stop genocide in the Sudan? The ADF is made up of voluntary forces- and even though Antony wants that to change- that’s the way it’s going to stay for the foreseeable future. Your doing what the American left does, claiming you love the troops (don’t get in a frenzy yet, no doubt you do), and you want to see ‘our young boys’ come home. There not little boys, they’re men and women doing a great job that they are trained for (and NOT war criminals who ‘deserve’ to be defeated, Antony). If any non-military ‘chicken-hawks’ went over to Iraq to help, they’d just getting in the way.Here Addamo_01, you might be interested in this guys blog:http://americancitizensoldier.blogspot.com/Rhoss,The only 'holocaust' in the Middle East at the moment is the one Israel is perpetrating against the Palestinians.Is it a magical reverse Holocaust, the more Palestinians the evil Israelis kill, rape, and steal from, the quicker their numbers grow? Amazing stuff… I’m going to look in my wardrobe now, to see if I can find my way to Narnia.Grow up, mate.

  • smiths

    are the people in iraq who attack american troops terrorists, insurgents, freedom fighters or maybe soldiers?

  • smiths

    and remember guys, even though holocaust is a very old word, originally referring to destruction by fire it now belongs to the jews and the israeli state,any use of it by another group or in a different context will not be tolerated

  • Wombat

    Stewie,"Poor logic. Did you support Timor? Why weren’t you with the ADF?"I agree. That was my point entirely. David was the one who raised this reasining by suggesting that Ant should get his arse over to Iraq becase he dared to imply that the news comming out of Iraq was limited.As for your link, yes I am aware of similar blogs. It's a pitty the US military is shutting down most blogs and onyl allowing authorised blogs. Perhaps they donlt want toomuch good news getting out in one go, or could it be because this report has come validity?http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/army_breaking_point;_ylt=Aouh5axe8UtTOItm1sa19aus0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTA2Z2szazkxBHNlYwN0bQ–

  • violet

    smiths are the people in iraq who attack american troops terrorists, insurgents, freedom fighters or maybe soldiers?You do not appear to understand the difference between armed civilians and soldiers. Are any of you aware that there is a difference? That terrorists are not recognised as soldiers? I assume you know that there are rules on a battlefield? And that there are Geneva Conventions defining legitimate warfare?stevOf course we feel the need to defend ourselves Violet – you are accusing people who would generally consider themselves compassionateSo, now you know how the Jews feel — being continually accused of cruelty, being attacked by bombers and armed civilians and being told to get out of the country created for them in 1948. It's no wonder many are defensive. It's no wonder they feel "a little " paranoid. I wonder how you'd feel.

  • Stev

    So you attack people the way you think the Jews shouldn't be attacked – and that helps your cause how exactly? Doesn't it just make you as bad as the people that you're claiming are in the wrong?Also, you wonder how I'd feel, but didn't you just say I now know how they feel? Your opening and closing lines seem to be in direct contradiction.

  • Stev

    Just on that first point too – I strongly believe that in the history of the humanity treating someone the way you've been treated so they know how bad it is has never yielded positive results. Mistreatment is usual some kind of violence, be it physical or psychological. It's cliche, but it's true – violence really does beget more violence. It may just be my Christian upbringing, but I truly believe it is better (both from a moral viewpoint, and more successful) to treat someone as you would like to be treated.

  • smiths

    violet,ever heard of david and goliath?, of course you have,america attacked iraq without provocation or just cause which makes it an aggressor,it has the largest military capacity in history which makes it goliath,the iraqi people engage in assymetric warfare because it is the only choice they have,like david did, which makes them soldiers,if nazi germany(the universal villain) had invaded england the 'people' would have formed cells of 'resistance' and stepped out of alleys and shot nazi soldiers in the back of the head and dissappeared like the french did,this method if successful in ending the occupation would have made the 'people' freedom fighters and heroes of the oppressed nation state.since you detest relativism, you ought to stick to concrete definitions and apply them to all without regard to race or nationality, like this one from the british government"Terrorism is the use, or threat, of action which is violent, damaging or disrupting, and is intended to influence the government or intimidate the public and is for the purpose of advancing a political, religious, or ideological cause."quite clearly it applies to the actions of both the israeli state and the palestinian non-state,both guilty of terrorism,or would like to shift the defintion in a more relative kind of way?

  • violet

    smithsYou have a typical Leftist ideological interpretation of warfare. Because humans have almost always engaged in physical combat against each other we have the Geneva Conventions and we have rules of warfare. We have rules for the battlefield that are designed and agreed upon for proper behaviour whilst in battle. I was asking you if you understood this concept?

  • neoleftychick

    violetYou are wasting your time. My experience with anti-semites like smiths is that they are totally ignorant of international law, despite raving on about it so much.

  • Wombat

    Violet,Have you been in a cave somewhere the last 3 years or did oyu miss the bit about Gonzales regarding he Geneva conventions as quaint? In other words, superfluosu, unecessary and outdated.What message do you think the soldiers are getting?Instead, geniuses like Cheney and the other neocon nitwits are trying to take comfort in the fact that their policies are a costly failure.

  • Ibrahamav

    They are getting the message that there is too much addamo in the world. And you are supplying most of it.The soldiers in the field don't give a shit about what Gonzales wrote.

  • Wombat

    …and even less about the Geneva conventions and human rights apprently.

  • Ibrahamav

    Again, knowledge based on guesses and addamo.