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Israel acts because the world won't defend it | Daniel Finkelstein - Times Online.

If you feel Israel is at fault (and it's hard to find any other view in the MSM in Britain) I would refer you to Daniel Finkelstein's excellent piece today in The Times. He references the meeting at Camp David in 2000, when an Israeli offer brokered by President Clinton should have finally ended this conflict and seen Clinton go down in history for something more than his creative use of Havanas. It didn't because the Palestinians and their sponsors don't want peace. They will settle for nothing less than the annihilation of Israel. If you don't believe me, read Hamas's Charter and Google President Ahmadinejad's utterances on the subject. As Finkelstein says;

The poverty and the death and the despair among the Palestinians in Gaza moves me to tears. How can it not? Who can see pictures of children in a war zone or a slum street and not be angry and bewildered and driven to protest? And what is so appalling is that it is so unnecessary. For there can be peace and prosperity at the smallest of prices. The Palestinians need only say that they will allow Israel to exist in peace. They need only say this tiny thing, and mean it, and there is pretty much nothing they cannot have.

That is why, though I was suspended from my school for selling the Free Palestine newspaper at its gates as a 16 year old, I stopped supporting the Palestinians long ag. I lost all remaining sympathy with them when they celebrated 9/11 in the streets. That is why I have made clear my support for Israel, the IDF and its operation Cast Lead. That is why I think, like the kindly teacher in Finkelstein's anecdote, many well-intentioned Brits should revisit their views on this subject.