For me the jewish religion like all others is an incarnation of the most childish superstitions, and the jewish people to whom i gladly belong and with whose mentality i have a deep affinity have no different quality for me than all other people. As far as my experience goes, they are no better than other human groups, although they are protected from the worst cancers by a lack of power. Otherwise i cannot see anything chosen about them.
Apartheid is a crime against humanity. Israel has deprived millions of palestinians of their liberty and property. It has perpetuated a system of gross racial discrimination and inequality. It has systematically incarcerated and tortured thousands of palestinians, contrary to the rules of international law. It has, in particular, waged a war against a civilian population, in particular children.
If you want to find weapons of destruction, you can find them all over the place. Take, say, israel. There is a very great concern right now about proliferation of nuclear weapons, as there should be. Israel has a couple of hundred nuclear weapons and also chemical and biological weapons. This stockpile is not only a threat in itself but encourages others to proliferate in reaction and in self-defense. Is anybody saying anything about this?
From the u.S. Point of view, negotiations are, in effect, a way for israel to continue its policies of systematically taking over whatever it wants in the west bank, maintaining the brutal siege on gaza, separating gaza from the west bank and, of course, occupying the syrian golan heights, all with full u.S. Support.
And when i'd be reporting in israel, palestinians would say, the jews they're not like us, and the jews would say the same things about the palestinians, they don't want what we want. And i never bought it as a reporter and i don't buy it as a novelist. I think, you know, the sound of somebody crying for their lost child sounds the same.
Virtually all informed observers agree that a fair and equitable resolution of the plight of the palestinians would considerably weaken the anger and hatred of israel and the us in the arab and muslim worlds - and far beyond, as international polls reveal. Such an agreement is surely within reach, if the us and israel depart from their long-standing rejectionism.