Israel gives an inch and takes 5 miles. But then else what would you expect from an expansionist regime? Bells are ringing, I'm thinking of China in Tibet, the US frontier days, The British empire, Iraq (in Kuwait), Australia (British empire, I know, but worth singling out).
When Israel has policies like its recent behaviour makes evident it gets more and more easy to understand the Palestinian resistance. The other day there was an interview on BBC World in which a well known Jewish/British journalist, Jonathan Freedland, who said that anyone who said that people who criticise Israel is actually saying that "these people (the Jews) don't deserve a homeland, while everyone else does." While I can see how one would arrive at this position, I'm curious as to whether people like Freedland believe that the Jews deserve a homeland more than the Palestinians.
The debate is so polarised that no one seems able to see a workable solution. I get so mad whenever I read about Israel's atrocities in the West Bank that it's hard for me to think of any reason why they should be allowed to stay there, but on my saner days I think that a two state solution might just be workable.
Maybe if the US came to its senses and stopped providing military aid to a state that has illegally occupied another people's territory since 1967 things might even out a little.
I'm so mad I can't write any more. Tired too, but let;s not get into that right now.