I omitted to add a very important sentence to my above post, and that is—justice can only be achieved when the injustice that was done is righted.
Mike, your quote- “I am deeply committed to the security of Israel and Justice for the Palestinians.”If I may say so, your choice of the two words ‘security’ of Israel and ‘Justice’ for Palestinians subtracts the ‘essentiality’ of one from the other. These are NOT two different things like a pink lolly for one child and milky chocolate for the other.The security of Israel is dependent on the ACCEPTANCE by the world that the Palestinians as Paul were “robbed of their land” to pay Peter the Zionists for the misdeeds, holocaust included, by the others in Europe in which they the Palestinians had no hand what so ever.The Justice for Palestinians is dependent upon ACKNOWLEDGING that they were and are still robbed of their land, and therefore--the land is returned to them with compensation,-return of Palestinian ‘refugees’ to their home land and -‘negotiate’ with them, on level playing field, to share their land with Jews who were so mistreated by others in other places. All being Palestinians in Palestine- the Muslims, the Christians, and the others- AND the Jews have a common bond with the land and history and the Abrahamic Faith. The same Powers and Politics that created this “mother of all problems” as you say, have an obligation and duty to the world to redress the wrongs that they have done in the UNO of 1947! The universal law of action and reaction applies here too.Practical problems require an iron will for practical solutions; otherwise it is all motherhood hand out of pink lolly for one and milky chocolate to the other!Therefore -- “There is a shameless cruelty in us, either we shy away or refuse to acknowledge the sufferings of others”. This is a true statement. I sympathise with you being in USA now- I really do!Being Urdu speaking person you must of heard of Hali, who had said,dard-e-dill kay waastey paedaa kiyaa insaan kowarnah Ita't kay liye kuchh kum nah thhey kurrubiyan!
Mr. Ghulam Mohiyuddin,I cannot tell you the relief from your comment, taking a stand of neutralityis not an easy one. Sometimes Justice to the Palestinians or Israelis meanstaking their side, if not it is not justice to them. I want to thank you forthis. Many a Muslims draw erroneous conclusions and do the easy thing - labelpeople and you have done the thoughtful thing, saw the need for peace andunderstood the difficult path.
Mr. Satwa Gunam,you said it right, "unless both them come to some common ground ofpeace" and we the people of the world including you and I have the responsibilityto facilitate such happening, there will be lot of failures as has beenwitnessed over the last six decades. But we should not give up, a resolution tothat conflict deflates a lot of other conflicts including the Iran's hostility,which is based on injustice to Palestinians.
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It is a good a thought process, but practically it is never going to happen. Israel feels that they have might and hence walk away with murder and Palestine feel they are right and they must walk away with their demand.