Re: The Intra-Israeli Mideast Peace Debate
Although I generally favor Levy's position, there is a point with which I agree with Shmuel. Levy argues that the violence is likely caused by the occupation and if the occupation ends, there is a good chance that the rocket attacks and the suicide bombings will end. Shmuel contends that this is a big gamble. The gamble might be worth taking but it is still a gamble. The majority of Israelis want, as their primary goal, the ending of rocket attacks and suicide bombings. Previous interim agreements with the PLO were never sufficient to stop the suicide bombings (whether Arafat coudln't control his people or whether he did not discourage the bombings is debatable). But if the end of the occupation and the creation of a two states still leaves a disaffected Hamas shooting rockets and sending suicide bombers into yeshivas, the Israeli people will be outraged and will renege on any agreements made. It still makes sense to take the gamble but I am not fully convinced that Levy's proposals will stop elements of the Palestian people from killing Israelis.