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April 14, 2003

US gives Israel 3 years to quit occupied Arab land

The EU, Russia, UN and US have put together an Israel-Palestine peace plan. Go take a look at the above link for a summary, or you can read the text of the peace plan yourself.

The plan calls for two separate, independent, democratic states by 2005.

It seems obvious to me that an independent Palestinian state is the only rational and just solution to this conflict. I don't think the above plan will get us there, at least not with the current leaders of the two sides. Yassir Arafat seems to have no real interests beyond maintaining his own power, and Ariel Sharon is a fucking thug who seems hellbent on defeating the Palestinians instead of protecting and improving Israel. I'd say that they're both a bit lacking in their committment to peace, let alone a particular peace proposal.

Sure enough, Sharon and his crew are pushing peace even further away by "moving Jewish settlers into a Palestinian district of Jerusalem". Palestinians will see that as a deliberate provocation, because, well, because it is.

I'd also like to add that the US has absolutely no credibility as a moderator or advisor on this issue. The US is the number one supplier of military equipment and aid to one of the two sides. Even if the US were totally neutral in this conflict, the arms sales issue would obviously be a conflict of interest, and any honorable nation would step down from its role and let a more impartial nation take charge. And I believe that the U.S. will continue this fairly weak effort at Middle East peace as a show for the Arabs and Muslims in the reason, to try to convince them that we are not there to pillage their oil.

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I always have a saying, "When the state is formed, nationalism and militarism isn't far behind." Or maybe I subconsciously ripped it off of somewhere. But I'm not sure a Palestinian state would actually create peace. They'll eventually have an army to fight the Israeli army. That I'm pretty sure of.

Posted by: Eric at April 15, 2003 11:04 AM

A creation of a Palestinian state is just and should be pressed forward as it is the most logical solution. Let the Israelis stay in their state and the Palestinians in theirs. As for us who are neither Israelis or Palestinians, stop judging by saying what's best for them.

Posted by: Canoe Driver at April 15, 2003 03:41 PM

Why does no one ever mention the fact that the AREA that was known as Palestine (it was never a country and there is no Palestinian language) covers Israel AND Jordan. Everyone who lived in the area that is now Israel and Jordan were called Plalestinian--even the Jews living there!!
The UN divided Palestine into a Jewish part and an Arab part(1/3 Jewish, 2/3 went to the Arabs) The Jews called their part Israel and the Arabs named their part Jordan. It seems to me that the Arabs renamed their part of Palestine to Jordan just to fool a bunch of gullible western morons. If they had named it Palestine there would be no discussion of a Palestianian homeland in Israel
SO WHAT THE FUCK IS ALL THIS BULLSHIT ABOUT A PALESTINIAN HOMELAND???? Jordan is right fucking there!
Someone please explain to me how such recent history could be forgotten and re-written so quickly..

Posted by: Quake at April 15, 2003 08:33 PM

the people now occupying isreal have been kicked out of almost EVERY single middle eastern country, by the palestinians. learn some fucking history and maybe you can be smarter then to say that the creation of a palestinian state is the most 'logical' solution.

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