Hi folks, I'm not really an old hippy but I probably aspire to be one. I live smack dab in the middle of Bonnie Scotland. I have never been to Israel/Palestine but I did cover the ME for a major insurer for 5 years some 25 years ago, an Israeli stamp on my passport or a second passport would have endangered my residency in Saudi.
On the Israeli Palestinian question I hold quite extreme pro Palestinian views. I acquiese to the two state solution only because that is what the Palestinians are prepared to do. To my mind that still leaves a quite odious apartheid state that offends my every essence in exactly the same way as Apartheid South Africa did. I advocate the dissolution of the Jewish state in favour of a state where every man and woman of any religion or none can reside with identical rights and responsibilities, this would be nuclear arms free state. I believe this can be achieved in exactly the same way as South Africa though I recognise the truth and reconciliation processes will require Bhudda-esque qualities from nearly everyone.
I acknowledge my nations culpability in the creation and maintenance of this conflict and I consider the UN part in it its only error". Israel is an infidel cuckoo in a Gentile nest and its existence as a Jewish state has been and will always be inevitably problematic. Not that I consider this conflct to be about religion, it is, like all conflicts, about real estate.
I am not an anti semite, I hold all religions in equal disdain, I will not refer to Jews when I mean Israeli or to Israeli when I mean Likud. Gerald Kaufman MP said it best in the UK Parliament:
"It is time to remind Sharon that the star of David belongs to all Jews, not to his repulsive Government. His actions are staining the star of David with blood. The Jewish people, whose gifts to civilised discourse include Einstein and Epstein, Mendelssohn and Mahler, Sergei Eisenstein and Billy Wilder, are now symbolised throughout the world by the blustering bully Ariel Sharon, a war criminal implicated in the murder of Palestinians at the Sabra and Shatila camps and now involved in killing Palestinians once again. "