Jaime, I like you. But I don't much like the tone you've taken in this post. It's not particularly civil and I find it rather condescending.
With all due respect, screwtape, you haven't exactly come across as particularly civil in this thread. Though, that doesn't really justify me doing it back to you, and I'm sorry for that.
The evidence for my "conjecture", as you call it, is in the links in the previous posts. I don't know how you failed to read them. Naftali Bennett is espousing ethnic cleansing. He does not use those words, but the end point is the same. He wants an arab-free israel just as the nazis wanted a jew-free Germany. The link was in the OP and I redundantly linked it later on.
As for calling Israelis terrorists, I did not say all Israelis are terrorists. I said the settlers were. I provided links in that very post that show the kind of things jewish settlers do that I consider terrorism. According to international law, they are war criminals. An occupying country may not colonize the occupied land, which is exactly what they are doing.
If not all Israelis are terrorists, then it's probable that not all Israelis are Nazi-like either. I don't doubt that there's some - there's some Americans who are Nazi-like and are pretty close to being terrorists themselves. But the way you came across was suggesting that Israelis were Nazi-like and terrorists, without making the distinction between someone like Naftali Bennett and, say, Ariel Sharon. If what you meant was that there are a number of Israelis who are proposing Nazi-esque solutions to the problems in Israel and the occupied territories, or who act like terrorists, then I retract my objection to your statement. It sounded like you were being much more general, which is part of why I reacted as I did.
I'm not saying the Palestinians are blameless. I'm saying, right now Israel has all the power and they are doing nothing for peace or justice. They have tanks, helicopters, and F-16s. Palestinians cannot even get cement, food or employment. Right now the Israelis are the aggressors, oppressors and the major roadblock to solving the problem.
It sounds like what the Palestinians need is their own Ghandi. Not that Ghandi was anywhere near perfect, but a large part of the reason that India is its own country, rather than still dominated by Britain, is because of Ghandi's actions.
Both sides have some pretty vicious grievances and reasons to hate the other side by now, and both sides are guilty of doing some pretty bad things to the other. So long as they're focused on what the other side has done to them, nothing will get done and it'll just continue. In a very real sense, it doesn't matter who's done what, who's most responsible, who's more aggressive and/or oppressive, or whatever.
Hey, lookey there, middle east expert, Juan Cole, even has a post about it today:
Let me help you out a little more. Here are all of Cole's posts on israel/palestine:
this has everything you could want to know.
I don't know Juan Cole from John Doe. I don't have a problem with him advocating for the Palestinians (especially the ones who are trying to live their lives despite the Israeli occupation of Gaza), but how much does he talk about groups like Hamas, who are terroristic themselves? How much does he talk about militant groups who bombard Israeli cities - not illegal settlements, but actual cities within Israel proper? How much does he talk about suicide bombings perpetrated by Palestinians, which again are committed against Israeli civilians inside Israel proper? How much does he talk about the Fatah-Hamas civil war after the Hamas coup in the Gaza Strip, or about the fact that the peace settlement between Fatah and Hamas is pretty well stalled despite being agreed to a year ago?
In the future, make sure you accurately portray my position and follow my links before breaking out your righteous indignation. I don't like being lectured, particularly when the person doing it is going off half-cocked.
Then make sure you're portraying your own position accurately, without hyperbole or sarcasm. That's usually very difficult to detect on the Internet.