Originally Posted by Keycube
So, you're willing to just relegate the Israeli-palestinian conflict to one of analogy and similarity? Seems that's the problem, that we read a blurb about these poor homeles sorts and the big bad nation-state that infringes on "their" land, and we make a judgment. With no regard to specifics or origins.
The circumstances surrounding the 1948 and 1967 wars - and the previous 50 years or so in that region - are unique, and should be treated as such. Though, I realize there seem to be a few too many versions of "the truth" out there.
But if it's enough to get by on thinking that the "concept" is "the same" in all of those instances, I guess there's nothing more to say.
And therein lies your misunderstanding of this particular thread. Isreal, as a nation, isn't building settlements anywhere
. Isreal, as a nation, isn't santioning the construction of these settlements. The "big, bad nation-state" as you put it, isn't being affected in the least. Obama's statement is quite blunt. American does not recognize the validity of settlements by Isreali citizens that wander into contested territories and start building.
And, FTR, all the situations I mentioned are "unique", and the mechanics of each can be compared to any other. The mythical aspect and biblical prophecy is something we can and should ignore in the creation of foreign policy. The very thing that makes it "unique" to some people is the very thing that should not be considered.