This is a misconception; The Palestinian goal, as we have already proved, is the the total destruction of the Jewish state. Their leaders have also admitted that they'd rather see the land in ruin than be successful under Jewish rule. If the Palestinians dropped these views, accepted the Jewish people and their country there would be abundant prosperity in the region. This is evident during the rather peaceful 20 year period between 1967 and the First Infitada. (which also proves that past aggression is important to the points I've raised)Ddrak wrote:Israel is clearly an economic powerhouse in the area. This is irrelevant in the question of Israeli-Palestinian relations, and actually makes Israel appear more and more of a bully than anything else.
The Palestinian quality of life certainly improves when Israel allows it to. Again, irrelevant but it makes it pretty clear who is the dominant party.
Israel has suffered aggression in the past. Again irrelevant in the current discussion but serves to understand the racial and national hate from both sides.
Israel has every right to defend themselves, I think everyone can agree on this; They were not, and have not, been the instigators in these conflicts. There has always been some action by Hamas (who runs the Palestinian state) that has elicited a response from Israel.The leadership of Israel is most definitely not interested in peace, nor do they have a "Peace Now" mindset. Read the article linked at the top of the thread for that. Israel has absolutely no problem with inflaming the situation whenever it feels it gains advantage. Every action of collective punishment against Palestine is driving the Palestinians to terrorism and other forms of asymmetric warfare back against Israel. Neither side is "right" in this conflict.
I would argue that every action of support for Palestine, whether it be positive news coverage or funding, drives the Palestinians to more terrorism and asymmetric warfare against Israel. Everytime they cause a conflict in the region, they get more money. In order for them to continue to propel their welfare state it requires them to cause conflict in the region.
Actually the harsh truth for Israel is that world opinion, mainly driven by the Main Stream Media, is against them. This is the Antisemitism machine at work. There is other media out there, though, that is positive when it comes to Israel and its efforts to defend itself... sadly it is a serious minority when compared to the rest of the world's agenda.The harsh truth for Israel is that world opinion does matter. Support for Israel wanes every time they invade, push more settlements or clamp down on blockades. When it deteriorates to the point that another nation says "enough" and runs the blockade, the house of cards collapses and Israel must come to a negotiating table with whoever is in charge of Palestine at the time or face the prospect of being the aggressor in a war over aid. The longer the current path continues, the more radical the Palestinian leaders will be and the worse Israel will fare. There's really no good end-game from here.
The issue with other nations running the blockade is that those nation's do not have key interest in Israel's defense, letting rockets and other war material through the cracks. This is what forces Israel to the negotiating table with the PLO. What ultimately leads to Hamas, or whatever Terrorist organization thats popular at the time, to provoke Israel into attacking them. The Media then claims that Israel is off the hinges again and lashing out at the Palestinians, which gets the PLO more money to propel the welfare state and purchase arms (usually from Iran) and becomes a cyclical event.
I believe Israel's end game in the region is peace and prosperity for all in the region, unfortunately this will not be achievable until the leaders of the Palestinian people can accept the Jews of the region and bless them.