Here’s the list of points we can all agree on on the Israel/Palestine issue; to request additions, deletions, or edits, please comment here.
* Israel is guilty of human rights atrocities in Palestine
* US military support of Israel has been largely unconditional
* Suicide bombing is a bad idea for everyone involved
* Israel has built cities that never existed (Tel-Aviv)
* Israel has the most PhDs, patents, and NASDAQ companies behind US and Canada.
* The Average Arab in Israel can vote in the Israeli parliamentary system, if the party he votes for recognizes the state of Israel.
* Israel has not always been friendly to the US or UK.
* Israel attacked the USS Liberty.
* Irgun was an extremist militant spinoff of Haganah; it was considered a terrorist group by the British for its role in attacks on British installations.
* In Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Iran, the average citizen has little or no say in how his country is governed.
* Israeli occupation of the West Bank does nobody any good.
* Building a fence within the West Bank is illegal.
* Israel’s nuclear arsenal is evidence of a double standard with respect to non-proliferation.
* Hamas’ charter does not allow for the existence of Israel.
* Haganah was formed to defend Jewish settlements from Arab attackers, and was not a terrorist group.
* Palmach was an elite fighting force of Haganah.
* Lehi (synonomous with Stern Gang) was result of yet another split of Irgun and was even more extreme.
* Haganah cooporated with Irgun forces in the Arab/Israeli war.
* Menachem Begin, the leader of Irgun would later become Prime Minister of Israel.
* Yitzhak Shamir was a member of both Irgun and Lehi and later became Prime Minister of Israel.
* Ben-Gurion was a member of neither Irgun or Lehi, but the “Jewish Agency” which ran Haganah after 1929.
* Israel’s image in the international community would be greatly helped if it stopped :
* Palestinian groups should recognize that the American people in the Unites States view them with disdain.
* Palestinian groups should change their tactics to win over the American people.
* Instead of launching quassams, Palestinians should pursue non-violent resistance, much like king or ghandi.
* A change in policy (to less violent means) from Palestinians could very well influence a change in policy from the US on the federal level.
* Oslo accords grant PLO the same obligations of other Arab States to abide by UN resolutions.
* Israel and the PLO have equal responsibility to abide by UN resolutions (General Assembly or Security Council).
* Israel’s responsibility to self-preserve supercedes its responsibility to abide by UN resolutions.
* Fatah was founded as a secular political party for the purpose of the liberation of Palestine, and almost immediately became a terrorist group.
* Islamic Jihad, Al-Aqsa’s Martyrs brigade (an arm of Fatah), and Hamas are all terrorist groups.
* Yassir Arafat was the eventual leader of Fatah.
* Mahmoud Abbas was supported by Fatah in 2005.
* In January of 2004, a 10 year truce (hudna) was offered by senior Hamas official Abdel Aziz al-Rantissi in exchange for Israel’s complete withdrawal to the 1967 borders.
* a 10-year Hudna is not a recognition of Israel’s right to exist.