I know how unfair it is that innocent Palestinian people have lost their land and wealth and even their lives. I know that many of them have legal titles to land that has been confiscated, keys to buildings that they rightfully owned which have been taken from them. I don’t know firsthand but I have read that the Israeli authorities permit assassinations and destruction of private property.
But here’s another thing I know: I know that “There is no Israel” is the road to ruin. There is an Israel, like it or not. “There is no Israel” is a slogan that makes some people feel good but it isn’t true and it never will be true again. There are millions of people living in Israel who are not going to give up their land, and the only way to get rid of them would be to desecrate the land by killing every single one of them.
The real problem in Israel/Palestine isn’t land. It’s alienation. It’s that a large minority on one side says “There is no Israel” and a large minority on the other side says “There is no Palestine” and those minorities are loud enough and powerful enough to drown out the reasonable majority. This video is proof of that.
Until there’s dialogue there will never be a solution.