Israel is a complicated place. The perennial question is how to achieve peace with our neighbours? That question begs another question: what Palestinians ultimately want from Israel? Alwyn Lau answered that question in his article “What do Palestinians want from Israel?” in MalayMail Online recently:
From my conversations with people who support Palestine, the answers usually remain non-specific. It would appear the only precise “demand” which would satisfy their notions of justice would be for Israel to give back ALL the land to the Palestinians.
In other words, the only solution on the table would be for Israel to cease existing as a state in Palestine.
I didn’t know that former Prime Minister Ehud Barak offered the Palestinians such broad terms in exchange for peace back in 2000. The proposal was probably accompanied by a requirement that the Palestinians acknowledge the State of Israel and commit to peace, both of which were probably deal breakers for Arafat.
Israel’s critics focus so heavily on the distorted narrative created by the BDS and its allies, that they completely ignore the efforts made to achieve peace in the last 70+ years.
The thing is, we aren’t going to just throw our hands up in the air, admit defeat, and sacrifice ourselves and our homeland. We will continue to raise our families, build our communities, and preserve our connection to our home (unless, of course, we destroy ourselves from within).
In the meantime, peace will continue to elude us. But we can live with that. Literally.
Source: Shoshanna Jaskoll