My personal opinion
20.10.2008 - 30.10.2008 22 °C
Well, let's face it. The Palestinians have fought 3 wars against Israel, some with the help of all the surrounding countries. Nevertheless they lost all three of them. So it might be time to accept defeat. And when you lose a war you usually lose land. It sucks, it's unfair and unjust, yes. But so far this is how the world works. And hey, they're not the first people to lose a war. Everyone else accepted defeat and somehow came back on their feet. So maybe it's time to swallow their pride and sign the peace treaty that starts the building of the Palestine nation (something they should have done a few years back already in Geneva). The more they wait the more land the Israeli settlers are grabbing. Vae victis...
This opinion might change (although I doubt it) once I actually meet some Palestinians and hear their side of the story...
I will add additional information to both sides as I go on.
Right, ok. I've now been there and seen the situation with my own eyes. And I changed my mind. But I must say that I have never ever encountered a situation as complex as this one. It's incredibly complicated and yet I only got a glimpse of the tip of the iceberg. Anyway, I am definitely not a big fan of minorities that whine that they are being oppressed, but in this case I really have to side with the Palestinians. I would never have thought that it was that bad. What the Israelis are doing is nothing short of ethnic cleansing, only without the big massacres. They have set up an apartheid society with the goal of driving away all the Palestinians from the West Bank. It's funny how I can't help but think of the concepts of "Lebensraum" and "superior race" when thinking about the situation here. Zionism should have ended with the creation of the state of Israel. It has now gone out of control.
I was also astounded when i realized how biased and unbalanced our news reports were. i expected this from US news, but I thought European news would be better. It's not. So, here are some news sites that give some more in-depth information for those who are interested:
And some more balanced (or biased to the other side?) news sites:
The international Herald Tribune: http://www.iht.com
The Guardian Weekly: http://www.guardianweekly.co.uk
The Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com
Word Press : http://thetruthaboutmarkets.wordpress.com