A recent poll shows that, when asked whether the United States should become more involved in resolving the conflict in the Middle East, 59% of respondents said No. Unfortunately, whether we want to or not, we are involved. Israel receives 3 billion dollars in US aid. Since our tax money is being given away, I think Americans have a right to ask what that money is being used for. But since Bush II took power, the Administration has been increasingly less involved, and the violence has continued to spiral completely out of control. Are the two correlated? Probably. In times like these, I need to believe that moderate voices will take over.

“I’m not an activist, and I’m not a member of Peace Now or the Peace Coalition or anything like that,” says Itai Dishon, a 34-year-old engineer from Tel Aviv. “When [Prime Minister Ariel] Sharon was first elected, I supported his policies. Like most people, I was disgusted with the Palestinians and the violence. And when the first terrorist attacks happened, I still supported this government, because I thought that a tough response was a good response.”
But Dishon has had second thoughts.
“Now I think that this was just a knee-jerk reaction on my part. Like most Israelis, I thought that when the country is at war, when our soldiers are under fire, we shouldn’t protest. We were taught that this is the loyal, Zionist thing to do. But then I started to ask myself, why are we at war at all? That’s really the important question. And I don’t think that I’m willing to go to war for the settlements.
“I agree with Peace Now,” Dishon continues. “We should just evacuate most of the settlements, pull back to the 1967 borders, and then begin negotiations – whenever there is a partner, and whoever that partner is. I never thought I’d demonstrate like this, while my buddies are in the reserves, and while I myself have been called up to do reserve duty in the territories next month.”

Give Peace A Second Chance.


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