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There's a chance for a fresh start on the peace process.
Why does Obama need to reach out to Netanyahu? If anything he should work to isolate him further. The best thing that could happen to the peace process is that Netanyahu is finally pushed off the stag.
I will say it again and I am sure the Strib censor police will not post. You can not have peace with Hamas who's only sworn goal is to wipe Israel off the map.
Israel needs a world class leader, one that can change world opinion(better it), provide a conscience and add some moral direction. that would include doing what is right for Palestine. Bebe is dnagerous to Israel and the world because, in fact, he's a terrorist.
let`s pray that Yair Lapid can do this with out starting a war with Iran(at America`s expense).
I really get a kick out of the author and his use of the word "terrorist." If the author would sit down and write out his clear idea of what he thinks a terrorist is, then we could apply it to every group in this part of the world to see who really is the terrorist. I doubt if he would want that to happen. Public opinion polls in the USA are showing little support for Israel because of their unwillingness to negotiate while spinning their message that the "other side" is not willing to negotiate, and then going ahead with more settlements in the occupied territories. So when will this all end? When we force Israel to go it alone, without big brother standing behind them, so they have to get along with their neighbors and have to negotiate. As long as our presence and money is there, peace will never happen in this region of the world; the status quo will remain as it has for much of my lifetime.
I am really going to step on some toes here, but I guess I don't care anymore. When is the media going to tell the whole story including the view of the Palestinians? Is the Israeli lobby that strong in this country?
Finally, I don't get to vote on any of this although my tax money is going to this region of the world and I resent that, but if I could vote, I would find the one Israeli candidate who advocated for a Palestinian homeland and had a plan. That is the only item on the agenda that will bring peace to this region. Anything else is just wasting time.
Waiting for the cons and religious right to attack Israelis as not being pro-Israel. Apparently even many Israelis have issues with building settlements on other people's land.
Again, the leaders of many of the groups outside of Isreal, clearly state they will not rest until they wipe Isreal, and their European and Eurasian and U.S. Jewish expatriates and their decendents off the present map that is Isreal. The writer and commenters need to deal with this fact openly to be taken seriously.
"It's well past time for the president to visit Israel in an effort to get Israeli and Palestinian leaders back to the bargaining table." Seriously? Uh uh. It's "well past time" for the president to stop taking direction from the Israelis and the U.S. Israeli lobby. They don't want peace; they want the West Bank -- all of it. The U.S. must stop favoring and financing Israel's 45-year land grab, and the U.S. media should start telling the Palestinians' side of the story. Most Americans have no idea of the grave injustice our country has been complicit in by our unqualified support of anything the Israeli government wants to do. The results of the Israeli election do indeed hold some promise of rebooting the peace process. This time, though, the U.S. should play a more even-handed role.
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