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Roger Farinha

Founder, New American Spring

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A Proposes Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: People to People...

It's clear that the ordinary peoples both of Israel and Palestine desire only a peaceful life. Yet their political leaders feel obligated to defend the perceived, respective pride of their constituents. What if an Israeli citizen were to draft up a peoples' proposition to the Palestinians, bypassing their respective leaders?

This proposition would sound, in deep and sincere tones, the aspiration of the Israeli people for peace. It would call the Palestinians to take control of their supposed "leaders" who are launching missiles from populated areas having children and families, knowing that Israel will have to retaliate and using its own people for international political leverage. It would challenge the Palestinian people to call such leaders "enemies within" and urge them to let their peace-loving, moderate majority take their voice.

But here's the hitch. If the Palestinians refuse to take charge of their rogue leaders for the sake of securing peace, the proposal will give notice that the Israeli people will urge their military that since peace is impossible, to go all out and take all the historical lands of Israel. The Palestinians will then be obliged to live under Israeli sovereignty.

For if peace is impossible, why not go all out for integrity as a nation?

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    Nov 24 2012: Well, a first question might be, how do the leaders of Palestine achieve their position of leadership? Are they voted in? Do they seize power? If they are voted in, one might believe they more or less represent the desires of the Palestinian people.
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      Nov 24 2012: I find it hard to believe that the Palestinians in their heart of hearts endorse Hamas' shooting rockets from playgrounds and using the blood and guts of their children for political gain...
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        Nov 29 2012: well, "endorse" is a strong word. It is conceivable to me that it's okay with them, otherwise wouldn't you hear about the palestinian people rising up against their leaders? We certainly know that the inhabitants of a country have tolerated far worse from their leaders without protest, Nazi Germany is the first example that comes to mind. Do you know any Arabic people, Roger? In the United States I've met very few Arabic people, although I've met people from many different countries and ethnic groups. I wonder if Arabic people like Arabia and don't leave it to emigrate like people from other countries. If you knew Arabic people you could ask them how the mass of Palestinians feel about violent actions by their leaders. Maybe they feel like they have to do the occasional violent thing or Israel won't respect them. Or you could read a book about the Palestinians and see how they feel about the occasional violent thing they do.

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