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Published: Sunday, March 24 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Tekakaromatagi
Dammam, Saudi Arabia

The message that the writer of this piece does not get is that the Palestinians are still around and they still do not, as one Israeli army general said, realize that they have lost.

In 1948 Israel attacked the Palestinians and ethnically cleansed them. They fled from dozens of villages, locking their doors and keeping the keys. Israel fought them to a standstill but they never negotiated a peace. In the Palestinians mind, the 1948 war never ended. Palestinians still have the keys to their houses.

That is why they can talk about martyrs, etc. Not because they are terrorists but because they are still at war. The difference between an IDF soldier and Palestinian terrorists is a technicality. The Palestinian has a home-made rocket and no uniform. Both kill civilians, but the IDF is more effective at it and so the Palestian death toll is higher.

Furry1993
Ogden, UT

@Tekakaromatagi 9:47 a.m. March 24, 2013

I call to your atention the words of Khalid abn-Azm, Prime Minister of Syria, in his 1972 memoirs concerning what happened to the Paletinians

Since 1948 it is we who demanded the return of the refugees ... while it is we who made them leave.... We brought disaster upon ... Arab refugees, by inviting them and bringing pressure to bear upon them to leave.... We have rendered them dispossessed.... We have accustomed them to begging.... We have participated in lowering their moral and social level.... Then we exploited them in executing crimes of murder, arson, and throwing bombs upon ... men, women and children-all this in the service of political purposes.

From (and before) the creation of the State of Israel, Israel wanted peace but thei Arab neighbors refused. Ethnic cleaning was what the Arab wanted to do to the Israelis ("drive them into the sea" was the Arab rhetoric of the day). The people were told to leave their homes so the Arabs would have a clear field of fire to kill Israelis, and their homes would be returned to them when the Israelis were exterminated. THAT, truthfully, is what happened.

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