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Israelis and Palestinians placed themselves in no-win situations, proceeded to lose-lose situations, and remain in an intense conflict. Institutions and agencies who gather data and predict trends must know that the conflict's monotonic trajectory of violence forecasts disaster and its citizens will suffer greatly from the fallout in which Israelis and Palestinians have trapped one another. Yet, policies don't seem to consider the ominous signs - just the opposite - the rhetoric pardons, the direction plods, and illegal actions draw only mild rebuke.

 

The more publicized reports shape the Israeli/Palestinian conflict as an embattled Israel that struggles for security by repelling attacks from antagonists. By removing ourselves from the cinematic Exodus perspective, another dimension to the struggles is revealed; the world misperceived each crisis, which allowed Israel to extend its territory and guide the Middle East conflict in its own direction. Recognition of the other dimension is a preliminary step to calculating the trajectory of the Israeli/Palestinian crisis.

 

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A brief summary, from another perspective, of the wars fought by Israel is presented below. A more detailed report can be read at: Israel's Wars, http://www.alternativeinsight.com/Israel%27s_Wars.html

 

In the 1948 war, the Arab forces did not have the military strength to "throw the Israelis into the sea." Egyptian troop movements indicate a defense of the new Palestinian state rather than intent to occupy the new Israeli state.

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It is no coincidence that Israel invaded and occupied the Sinai in 1956 before French and British coordinated attacks against Nasser's Egypt. Rarely mentioned is a controversial meeting, known as the Protocol of Sèvres, which describes Israel Prime Minister David ben Gurion's proposed invasion plan to Great Britain and France.

 

At the start of the 1967 war, Israel claimed that Arab armies had prepared an attack, which forced Israel to defend itself. The media didn't accurately portray the hostilities that preceded the battle. Israel reacted to events with its own provocative behavior and initiated the offensive that started the six-day war.

 

The first Lebanon war (1982-1985) commenced from Israel's assertion that the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) had violated a ceasefire agreement. President Johnson's UN ambassador George Ball contradicted Israel and stated that the PLO had observed the ceasefire agreement. He also wrote in his memoirs, "Israel continued looking for the internationally recognized provocation that Secretary of State Alexander Haig said would be necessary to obtain American support for an Israeli invasion of Lebanon."

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The second Intifada (2000-2004) and its suicide bombings erupted from Israel's aggressive tactics. Statistics from Israel Human rights organization, B'Tselem, show that from the date of Ariel Sharon's unnecessary excursion on the Temple Mount/Haram al Sharif in September 29, 2000 until the beginning of the year 2001 Israeli forces killed 237 Palestinian civilians in the occupied territories. More than 100 Palestinian civilians, of which about 1/2 were minors under 18 years of age, had already been killed before two terrorist bombings killed four civilians in Israel.

 

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Dan Lieberman is the editor of Alternative Insight, a monthly web based newsletter. His website articles have been read in more than 150 nations, while articles written for other websites have appeared in online journals throughout the world(B 92, (more...)
 

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