Gee, that's not what Hamas and Islamic Jihad say. It certainly isn't what their Hezbollah, Syrian, Iraqi, and Iranian allies say.Originally posted by sharonbn
Similarly, I believe that the Palestinians do not demand all of the land of Israel to be their home land. Their demand, as recently expressed by the Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah, are the territories occupied by Israel in 67.
Do you deny that the PA's schools have used textbooks showing maps of the area with Israel conspicuously absent?
The debate between the PA/PLO and the other groups has never been about whether Israel has a right to exist, but whether the best strategy for destroying Israel is to first grab as many concessions as possible through a "peace process" or just fight straight through to victory.
It is understandable that some Israelis would like to believe that their hopes for a peaceful settlement are shared by the other side. It is understandable, given the way Europe and the UN have accepted the term "illegal occupation," that some Israelis would believe that if they just give back all of the territory captured from invading Arab armies that everything will be OK.
But at some point you have to come to grips with militant Islam. These people slaughtered 3,000+ Americans just to make a political point. You have to honestly ask yourself why they purposely target the most defenseless members of Israeli society and why they encourage and celebrate such deeds.
The goal of militant Islam is the exact opposite of what you apparently surmise. They are determined to create a situation in which no settlement is possible. They are not trying to convince the Israeli people that they must withdraw from land captured from aggressors; they are trying to convince the Israeli public that they hate all Jews and will not rest until Israel goes away.
I know it is hard for you to accept this. Perhaps you would rather believe in the fairy tale that Yasir Arafat is a great statesman who deserved a Noble Peace Prize and that the Arab world is simply looking for a fair deal.
But at some point you have to ask yourself whether there is any connection between the fact that Israel's enemies are among the most corrupt and repressive regimes on earth, the injustice of their methods, and the justness of their demands. At some point you have to ask yourself why these states excuse, justify, and encourage terrorism against innocent civilians.
I know it's disappointing to have to conclude that some societies don't share your humanistic goals; that they will tell any lie and commit any atrocity to get their way; and that they celebrate evil.
But that is how it is.