A Call for Palestinian Maturity

(Miami Herald) Carlos Alberto Montaner - Anti-Americanism and anti-Semitism are attitudes based not on an objective analysis of facts but on hallucinatory beliefs contained in conspiracy theories of history that are based almost always on the paranoid suspicion that a small group of villains pulls strings throughout the world to seize all wealth and bring misfortune to their victims. Just as there is no such thing as a former idiot, there are no former anti-Semites or former anti-Americans. The disease is incurable. In 1948, when the UN assigned to the Palestinians a substantial area of the old British Mandate to create a state parallel to the Israelis, they chose to play the card of war against the young Hebrew nation. From that original, bloody error derived all the subsequent ills. Of course, it is no longer possible to return to the borders of 1948, and the greatest proof of maturity the Palestinians could give is to accept that. Nor is it reasonable to ask once again for the partition of Jerusalem. Ramallah must be the permanent capital of the future Palestinian state.

2005-02-15 00:00:00

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