Nicely thought and written. Bravo!
This excerpt is the Introduction to my third edition of Israeli and Palestinian voices: A Dialogue with both Sides.
Since my first visit to Israel-Palestine in March 2002, I have returned four times, including a visit to Gaza in November 2012. In those twelve years the more things have changed the more they have stayed the same. Realistic solutions were proposed. Regional players were offered concessions. A neutral party with international respect could have led the negotiations and brokered an agreement. Instead, the US acted as Israel’s lawyer demanding impossible concessions from one party and not the other.
Since Ariel Sharon unilaterally withdrew the 7,000 Israeli settlers from Gaza in 2005, Israel has turned the Gaza Strip into an open-air prison for daring to vote in Hamas over a corrupt-riddled Farah in elections forced upon the Palestinian Authority in January 2006 by the United States. The Palestinian Authority was…
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