“Settler arrested on suspicion of killing Palestinian youth”

http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/settler-arrested-on-suspicion-of-killing-palestinian-youth-1.301272

I have a number of email friends in Israel and a list which reports pros and cons of events there: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Israel_Palestine

The recent cordial meeting between Obama and Netanyahu:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38101443/ns/politics-white_house/

probably reflects what both know about that once Zionist state — that it is made up of sometimes violently conflicting constituencies ranging from peace groups to those who kill Palestinians for no good reason as the subject headline here from today’s Haaretz (liberal Israeli paper) implies.

I don’t see how such a divided nation can possibly make peace with the Palestinians whom it has continuously abused since it was founded out of Western guilt about the Holocaust.

I don’t see how the extremists on either side can be pacified — homemade rockets into Israel and settler domination of the West Bank (44% of it I saw somewhere this week). Each of these are the worst enemies of their own people.

One fears that someone will get access to weapons of mass destruction and use them on the other side — with retaliation for same forthcoming.

Were I am Israeli or had I relatives there, I would get them out before the inevitable disaster occurs. How very sad for all involved.

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

Ed Kent [blind copies]

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