"ΑΥΤΕΣ ΕΙΝΑΙ HMEΡΕΣ ΦΡΙΚΗΣ ΓΙΑ ΟΛΟΥΣ ΕΜΑΣ
ΠΟΥ ΘΕΛΟΥΜΕ ΤΟ ΙΣΡΑΗΛ
ΝΑ ΓΙΝΕΙ ΑΠΟΔΕΚΤΟ ΑΠΟ ΤΙΣ ΓΕΙΤΟΝΙΚΕΣ ΧΩΡΕΣ..."MJ Rosenberg
Director of Policy for the Israel Policy Forum
Posted January 2, 2009 07:09 PM (EST)
These are terrible days for those of us who long to see Israel finally accepted by its neighbors. At a time when all 22 Arab states have offered Israel peace and normalization in exchange for the '67 territories, this war could destroy that possibility once and for all.
No, that does not mean that I question Israel's right to respond to the rocket onslaught from Gaza. Of course, it has that right. Any country has the right, even the obligation, to respond militarily to thugs who rain down thousands of rockets on its people, leaving its children quaking in terror. The question is not whether Israel has the right, but whether exercising it this way is right.
For Israel, the only right response is the one that will bring it closer to the security it will only have when it is accepted by its neighbors. Some argue that this attack on Hamas will indeed accomplish that. Eliminate the fanatics, they say, and Israel can make peace with the moderates. But, Israel is incapable of even dealing with its own crazies(...)
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