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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

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Robert G.

Michael thanks for posting this thoughtful piece on a very complicated and troubling issue. I think the conversation has been held captive by the extremists on both side and you are right to question the motivations of the Israeli politicians. In talking to a number of Israeli's I've come to learn that building a coalition government there is a very tricky business and often requires catering to the hawks who are in a minority and not serving the best or majority interests of the country.

All that said I would also encourage people to look at the other side, who in my opinion have been even more egregious for a very long time. And this unfortunately extends well beyond Hamas into other Arab countries. They like their Israeli counterparts and many politicians are exploiting people to maintain power. Plenty of blame to go around.

The hope is that centrists on both sides can prevail and find charismatic leaders who believe more in helping their people then themselves.

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