Friday, January 9, 2009

Will the Palestinians EVER get it?!

Every so often, sensible words are exchanged between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators and hope surges again amid photo ops that there may actually be something like peace in the Middle East in our lifetime. Then some seemingly senseless bombings begin and it's all back to square one. Rashid Khalidi, a professor of Arab studies at Columbia tells us what we don't know about Gaza, including what the Palestinians apparently don't know:
This war on the people of Gaza isn’t really about rockets. Nor is it about “restoring Israel’s deterrence,” as the Israeli press might have you believe. Far more revealing are the words of Moshe Yaalon, then the Israeli Defense Forces chief of staff, in 2002: “The Palestinians must be made to understand in the deepest recesses of their consciousness that they are a defeated people.”

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