Monday, June 11, 2007

"We Believed The Occupation Was Temporary"

Steven Erlanger:
Chuck Freilich was deputy national security adviser under Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. Mr. Freilich is writing a book about what he considers the country’s dysfunctional politics, where small parties and factions vote in their self-interest, no secret is unpublished and there is little political cohesion.

The 1967 war "convinced Arabs that Israel is here to stay," he said. "But it’s also become a cancer. Occupation is corrupting in the long run for any society, and the war also brought a religious messianism into Israeli life that really wasn’t there."

The Gaza disengagement helped puncture the power of the settlers, he said.

But radical Islamic movements like Hamas are not interested in peace with Israel. With the war that began with the second intifada in 2000, he said, "I think the whole country is now disillusioned with the idea of peace and the peace process."

"Everyone feels doomed to spend another decade like this, managing the conflict."

Tom Segev, an Israeli historian who has just published a book about the 1967 war, said: "For so many years we believed the occupation was temporary. But 40 years is a very long time. And now I don’t believe in peace any more. We can manage the conflict better, but I don’t think we can solve it."
Many differences, to be sure. But also some lessons to contemplate -- four years in, fortunately, instead of Israel's forty -- as we toss around breezy notions like the "Korea Model."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I look and read about Isrealis behavior on the west bank and toward the palestinians, I really do not see much difference from their behavior to that of the nazis.

They have made gettos out the territories, taken the best for themselves and treat the arabs as if they were dogs. Maybe with time they will manage to kill off most of them and then they will have an excuse to steal the rest of it.

Just tell me what would be our behavior if the situation were reversed.
I guess it reminds me of the early american history when it was believed that the only good indian was a dead one.
I guess the isrealis believe that the only good arab is a dead one, and this administration believes likewise.

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