History Matters

Israel and the Palestinians:

… the obsession with Israeli security that provides the mold for all discussions concerning the peace process must be transformed into an equally strong concern for meeting the comparable Palestinian claims. Once one acknowledges the enormity of the Palestinian injury, it becomes clear that accommodating their needs is Israel’s primary obligation. Again, even if one thinks that the Jewish need at the end of WWII justifies the founding of the State of Israel and the subsequent ethnic cleansing, one cannot deny the Palestinian claim to a significant degree of redress. Given the obvious validity of the Palestinian claim, one must realize that constant attempts to chip away from what remains to the Palestinians after 1949—exemplified by final-status discussions that assume a good deal of settlement annexation to Israel—lose any justification whatsoever.

History Matters: Why We Must Acknowledge the Claims of the Palestinians” by Joseph Levine, here

via 3 quarks daily

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