Wednesday, 4 June 2008

The Palestinians' time is running out

A letter to the Palestinians by Bradley Burston, a writer for the English version of Haaretz, Israel's daily left-wing newspaper.

Here's the first few paragraphs. Read the whole thing.

I understand why you long ago came to believe that time was on your side. I understand the many factors, demographic, cultural, historic, geo-political, which have served to reinforce that belief, the strong conviction that Palestinian statehood was inevitable, inalienable - in every sense, a matter of time.

I understand why you have come to believe that the state of Israel is merely the latest in a long series of fleeting colonial episodes, that its roots are elsewhere, its strength is illusory, its endurance eroded, its spirit broken, its future dim. I understand that you believe you can wait these people out, wear them down, outfight them and out-believe them and out-populate them and, in the end, take them over.

I understand that you believe that rockets and mortars from the north, south, east, and, eventually, west, can depopulate and peel back and obliterate the borders of pre-1967 Israel until there will be no need to agree to a Jewish state on those borders, no need to compromise on refugees, Jerusalem, settlements, no need to talk, no need for self-scrutiny and reconsideration, no need to bend.

I understand that you believe that this is your right, religiously, morally, politically. I understand why you believe that you can wait.

But this month, three generations since 1948, since your Nakba, this is what I ask you to consider:

Your time is running out.

2 comments:

Letters From A Tory said...

How very constructive.

marvin said...

Yes. Constructive criticism. The Palestinians, like the Israelis, and like the Tories, need it. A lot of it.

It would be a funny old world if one were discouraged to criticise eh?

"Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough to nourish a man's growth without destroying his roots." - Frank A. Clark