Day 53

I’m sick of only seeing people post one side of the Middle East situation. I’ve got both extremes on my Facebook feed.

Here’s some things I wish people would remember:
1. It is possible for Jews and Palestinians to both be oppressed peoples in the world.
2. If Palestinians are not responsible for the hateful, violent activities and rhetoric of Hamas, nor are Israelis responsible for the hateful, violent activities of Netanyahu.
3. Both sides are filled with decent, kind human beings who just want to live, go to work, and know that their families are safe.
4. Both sides are scared that if they give up power, land, and/or arms, the other side will rise up and demolish them.
5. For both sides, the forces that derail efforts to have peace and security are more about money than anything else. I believe that leaders of both sides currently in power (Netanyahu and Hamas) have more to gain by NOT making peace.

I don’t know what the answer is. I do know that since all these things are true, this is a terrible bargaining position to be in. For both sides. And do know that if both sides want to get anything accomplished they would do well to come to the table with this list firmly in mind.

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~ by realsupergirl on February 22, 2015.

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