It was very sad yesterday to hear of the death of a woman waiting for a bus in Jerusalem, will the return of the bomber to the streets of Israel herald another downward spiral in the relationship between Arab and Jew, as the hatred that has grown for generations rises to a higher plane can peace or the very least living together without killing endlessly be achieved, surely there must come a time when even the most fanatical gets sickened by the sight of death, squalor and devastation. Pipe bombs, rockets fired one way indescriminately, aircraft, missiles and bombs fired back, and it’s not the combatants that take the brunt, it’s the innocents, on the one side a group not caring who they kill, on the other always accidents.
If you were a goat-herd living on a couple of acres of scrub land, a few olive trees you sole means of an income, then one day a person approaches you and offers a vast some of money for your land, a chance to escape the suffering and poverty, what do you do? The answer is simple sell and walk away, but then another problem rears its head, Jewish settlements on the West Bank, economic reality, the haves and have-nots, the majority of Palestinians are poor, the squalor of Gaza to the old towns in the West Bank, and finally Refugee camps scattered across the middle east, a breeding ground for terrorism, until the economic problems of the Palestinians are addressed no movement forward can be made. The International Community must take the Palestinians out of poverty away from the merchants of hate, give them a chance to grow as a people, not continual oppression, they are victims of history, they are owed some help, not continual condemnation, then perhaps there will be peace in the Middle East.