Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Pro-Israel Palestinians

Daniel Pipes's latest article has some encouraging words -- from the Palestinians themselves -- regarding Israel.

These comments point to Palestinian appreciation for the benefits of elections, rule of law, minority rights, freedom of speech, and a higher standard of living. Amid all the PA's political extremism and terrorism, it is good to know that a Palestinian constituency also exists for normality.

Unfortunately, it remains a furtive constituency with little political sway. The time has come for decent Palestinians to make their voices heard and state that Israel's existence is not the problem but the solution.

If only they would. If only they could.


At 11:45 AM, Blogger Gindy said...

"The time has come for decent Palestinians to make their voices heard and state that Israel's existence is not the problem but the solution."

Man, what I wouldn't give to hear that.

At 11:57 AM, Blogger patrickafir said...

This is redolent of the thrust of theSharansky doctrine. He's more optimistic than I am with regard to the Arab/Muslim world, but he believes most, if not all, people want freedom and democracy, and are mostly just waiting for the rest of us to support them in that aim.

At 2:59 PM, Anonymous Rory said...

These pro-Israel Palestinians and pro-Israel Muslims are some of the most courageous people and, if the time ever comes when they don't have to worry about being branded as collaborators, or having fatwas issued against them, we may see more of them coming forward. What's interesting is that if you check out some of their websites, there are letters from all over the Muslim world...sometimes written anonymously, but not always. In fact, Sharansky may be onto something because it was very surprising to find that there was quite a bit of pro-American and pro-Israel sentiment in those letters. The problem, of course, is fear of retribution and that may not change soon enough.

At 6:28 PM, Blogger RomanWanderer said...

That's eerie in a way, Rory, because I assume we'll never know how many pro-american muslims there really are, since so few dare to speak out.

At 7:48 PM, Blogger Tran Sient said...

Perhaps there is some hope then.

At 9:38 PM, Blogger MissingLink said...

"Perhaps there is some hope then"
There's always hope although it must be very hard on those Palestinians who want to get ot of this vicious circle.
The can be treated at any time ac "collaborators" and this means - death sentence.

At 8:42 AM, Blogger Sergeant America said...

I'll add my "Hope" ...

I hope that the real, "everyday" Palestinian and Arab will eventually be able to think and act for themselves without any cultural bias and fear of reprisals.

Those who go beyond their own and clan belief systems, showing their humanity are destined to succeed where others fail. (just my opinion, I could be wrong)


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