I have been very frustrated with the recent drift of blog comments for several reasons:
–not meeting my expectations of ‘constructive conversation’;
–creating a false impression that this blog is devoted exclusively to Israel/
Palestine concerns, and hosting the most basic settled issues: for instance,
Whether Palestine is ‘occupied’ or not; whether the Geneva Conventions apply
to Israel’s behavior as occupier; whether the two sides are equally responsible for the failure of the Oslo diplomacy; whether the settlements are lawful and
not an obstacle to a negotiated solution; whether Hamas is entitled to represent the people of Gaza, etc., etc..
I do not doubt that there are those upholding Israel’s claims are sincere in their convictions. But it is utterly pointless to carry on such a dialogue. I propose a moratorium on all comments dealing with this conflict until the
end of April.
We have reached yet another dead end, and it is better to appreciate it than
to waste time and undermine all prospects of useful exchange of ideas. There are numerous alternative outlets for those who want to celebrate Israel as a democratic, humane, and maligned country, and many of these do not allow
critical comments past their filters.