Boycotts no answer, Re: Boycotting Israel?, Al Jazeera English, January 4, 2010

No one who is seriously interested in peace in the Middle East would even think about boycotting Israel. Israel isn’t the problem and never has been. Palestinians attitudes and behaviour prevent peace from occurring, nothing else. Peace could come in very short order if they would recognize and accept Israel’s legitimacy and existence and stop their constant attacks on Israelis in an effort to maim and kill as many of them as they can and wipe the country off the map.

Unfortunately, none of this is going to happen in the foreseeable future because Palestinians are their own worst enemy and their society is consumed by anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli demonization and hatred…it has always been thus and they are not going to change on their own. They are not capable of that. If peace is to come the international community will have to force them to change. Otherwise history will repeat itself again and again, their lives will continue to be diminished and impoverished and the suffering on both sides will not end.

Boycotting Israel isn’t the answer. Forcing Palestinians to change is.

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