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Asked for my opinion on the Israel/Palestine conflict
by someone who wishes to remain anonymous.
I get this question every so often, so I’m just copy/pasting a previous response. Sorry, I’m lazy:
First off, to really achieve any peace, there has to be a basic respect for one another. Otherwise, any peace will be temporary.
What really bothers me about the conflict is the insistence on achieving peace through power instead of achieving peace through kindness. Instead of trying to diffuse the situation, there’s this drive toward bigger walls and bigger guns.
I think that if Israel is concerned with safety, it’s approach is all wrong. Attacking Palestinians and committing war crimes (as per the Goldstone Report) does nothing to secure the Israeli people, as it just angers more Palestinians and others in the region. It also really hurts Israel’s international reputation, especially with things like the raid on the Flotilla getting so much attention. Rather than relying on military might, it makes more sense to me for them to revise their policies so as to try to diffuse the situation, rather than continuing the violence. The way to peace isn’t through violence, and I’m not just saying that as a liberal human rights activist who tends toward pacifism. I really think that the continuation of violence is doing nothing but making Israel more vulnerable to attack and garnering more sympathy for Palestinians. So if it were me running things in Israel, I’d take a more peaceful approach as a means of securing the country.
I really think this issue is going to have to be solved by ordinary people on both sides saying, “Enough is enough.” I don’t see this being resolved by the intervention of the international community, though the rest of the world should be doing everything in their power to encourage both sides to come together and find some way to peacefully coexist.
So I guess I could sum it all up with, “Fighting for peace is like fucking for virginity.”