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Paul Brandon

Mankato, MN
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Posted on 08/07/14 at 02:06 pm in response to What Netanyahu should propose to bring peace

And I don't mean the opera.
There's a parallel here.
Someone with a reputation as a peacemaker wouldn't command enough local credibility to make peace -- only a hawk could get away with it.
If Israel makes peace it will have to be someone like Netanyahu who does it.

Posted on 08/07/14 at 03:58 pm in response to What Netanyahu should propose to bring peace

goals are long term.
Israel and Hamas have incompatible long term goals.
However, both are willing to accept short term accommodations that they think may further these goals (or at least allow them to survive to pursue them).
That's what the current negotiations are about. Not long term goals; just immediate advantage and survival.

Posted on 08/07/14 at 04:02 pm in response to What Netanyahu should propose to bring peace

with your basic point, and I agree (and have pointed out) that there is history on both sides -- that is the essence of the tragedy. I'm just saying that history is a context that cannot be ignored in understanding people's actions.
And the relevant history predates the Holocaust -- again on both sides.

Posted on 08/08/14 at 09:37 am in response to What Netanyahu should propose to bring peace

that the lines are the Jordan and the Mediterranean.
They disagree on who gets the land between the lines.
There's an interesting proposal at
http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/181423/parallel-lives-...
suggesting (and improbably) way that BOTH sides could own all of the land...

Posted on 08/08/14 at 12:33 pm in response to What Netanyahu should propose to bring peace

The polls are blunt instruments that sample people's immediate responses.
They're poor at measuring long term goals (since people themselves are).
I don't know of any polls that ask "would you be satisfied with never owning more than half of the land between the Jordan and the Mediterranean?"

Right now Hamas are the ones shooting rockets, so their goals have to be dealt with. An agreement with the PLO would be meaningless without the concurrence of Hamas.

Posted on 08/08/14 at 12:39 pm in response to What Netanyahu should propose to bring peace

most observant Jews believe, and they currently dominate Israeli politics.
"Next year in Jerusalem" has been part of the Passover ritual for at least a thousand years.
One cannot understand why the Israelis are acting the way they are without knowing this. This does not mean that they give this reason when conducting international diplomacy; it is there in the background.

Posted on 08/09/14 at 09:22 am in response to What Netanyahu should propose to bring peace

There's been a considerable rightward shift since then.

Posted on 08/09/14 at 09:26 am in response to What Netanyahu should propose to bring peace

few of the '60's antiwar people actually moved to Canada.

Posted on 07/31/14 at 05:35 pm in response to Bachmann saw 'coyotes smuggling an illegal alien' on her border trip

the people who employ illegal migrants and immigrants (and can she tell the difference between an immigrant and a migrant worker)?

Posted on 07/30/14 at 12:18 pm in response to David Cobb on how corporations are stealing our self-governing rights

This was the point about Citizens United, which overturned two centuries of legal precedent and allowed corporate 'individuals' to hide the sources of their political contributions, and evade laws enacted to limit corporate spending on political campaigns.