If you blog about the Middle East you are always guaranteed to get at least a few comments by erstwhile readers who are compelled to read anything about the subject. Unfortunately most of these comments are not even worth keeping because they often consist of just rehashing the talking points of the Israeli government and fail to constitute any real analysis. Most of these people are simply historical revisionists who ignore the remarkable acts of violence and terrorism that were involved in the success of Zionist forces in the Middle East. Like the Hollywood film-makers who portrayed the success 19th century as one long massacre of 'peaceful' settlers by crazy 'Indians,' these Israeli revisionists have no interest in the real events and the theft of Palestinian lands. Rather, they are simply eager to portray Israel as victim of a bunch of crazed 'Arabs' while simultaneously ignoring the actual history of militarism and expansionism on the part of the Israeli State. So they will simply divert attention away from actual analysis and the violation of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty by saying "Oh no, we're the victims and everyone is out to get us." But it won't wash.
I, on the other hand, will be glad to discuss the violations of human rights and the militarism on all side but Israeli supporters blindly ignore the militarism of Israel and the long and consistent expansionism of this nation.
At least the Palestinians who use violence will admit that they are actively using violence to pursue their cause.
There will be no peace until Israel as well as Palestinians want peace. But at the moment the Israeli state is as little interested in peace as the most extreme factions of the Palestinians. They hide their real aims behind an image of victim, and being considerably richer and more influential in the powerful Western nations, the Israelis are writing (or should I say 'rewriting') history.