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16.8.06

Start more Oases 

The mainstream media (TV3) here devoted a few moments on a march during the Israeli– , where 10,000 Jews and Arabs marched side by side in Tel Aviv, . Their aim was to show that they had more in common with one another than the politicians would like people to think.
   It is not the first time such an effort was undertaken in the . Nor will it be the last.
   There is the Oasis of Peace, or Neve Shalom (נווה שלום) or Wāĥat as-Salām (واحة السلام), a town founded by a Dominican brother of Jewish origin, Bruno Hussar, in a former no man’s land between Israel and in the 1970s.
   The school there is bicultural, bi-national and bilingual, while the town is planning to expand from its present 50 families, adding an extra 90 housing units. It made me begin thinking: must this be the only Oasis of Peace? Can we start more online in these lands, seeking donations, as initiatives where families who wish to live can settle? Can be a first step, to see who might be interested in living in such a place?
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I feel these oases of peace groups are living in a dream world. They seem to think they can come to some kind of accomodation with Hezbollah and Hamas. They can't. They only peace they'll get from such groups is when all the Jews leave Palestine forever. Some peace huh?

I'm going to be watching big time to see how this cease fire works out between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon. I suspect the UN forces are going to become a 15,000 man shield for Hezbollah. We'll see.  
The Oasis of Peace has worked very well for the last 30 years, and these peace groups that have been marching in Tel Aviv do not support terrorism. So I disagree that they want accommodation with these terrorists, nor do they want ‘the Jews [to] leave Palestine’.
   From what I can tell, they’re just everyday people who are fed up with the politicization of their lives. If they are living in a dream world, it’s one that has worked, far better than the Hezbollah-controlled world of southern Lebanon.
   I am not an optimist with this ceasefire—we all know that Iran is behind the insurgency and until Hezbollah disarms (fat chance), there cannot be a peace with that group.  
I will give the group kudos for fighting a lot of the hatred indoctrination that is so prevalent among the Muslims in that region. I'm curious. What is their position concerning using military action against Hezbollah? Do they want peace with the Muslims at any price? Ditto with Syria?

I'm not an optimist about the ceasefire either. All it does is allow Hezbollah to get more rockets and maybe nastier warheads. Israel should've finished Hezbollah while they had the chance. They should know from the UN's track record not to put any faith in the UN.  
I think they are anti-Hezbollah, so it is not peace at any price. But I do agree that the UN will be impotent. The ceasefire may be giving the terrorists a chance to re-arm, but more vital are the long-term effects. Iran, via Hezbollah, will be funding a heck of a lot of rebuilding for civilians in southern Lebanon. They will look like heroes and the Israelis will begin to look even worse. I would not be surprised if this, in the democratic and supposedly US-supported Lebanese leadership, will lead to more Hezbollah seats in their next election—and then we will have another Iraq with a country divided along sectarian lines.
   Lebanon is a beautiful country and I have not consulted my friends from there, so I do not claim to be any expert. If these folks are reading, I would welcome any corrections on what are basically news-coloured assumptions.
   I have one Lebanese friend who grew up in Beirut during the conflict. He explains that it became normal to know how to strip an AK-47 as a child or to have friends who were terrorists. Deeply disturbing stuff, since this is a normal, terrorism-hating guy we are talking about here. He and his family got out of there pretty early.  
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