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A Ray Of Hope For Israeli-Palestinian Reconciliation

After a trip to the region, European Parliament Member Daniel Cohn-Bendit is convinced that Israelis and Palestinians can “be realistic and create the impossible”: two independent states.

Side by side - Cohn-Bendit sees hope for independent Israeli and Palestinian states
Side by side - Cohn-Bendit sees hope for independent Israeli and Palestinian states
Daniel Cohn-Bendit

A recent trip to Israel and its occupied territories has given me more reasons for hope than despair. The unbearable processions of dead and wounded from the Middle East has been relentless for more than 50 years now. From a foreign perspective, from France or Germany for instance, the idea of a peaceful and long-lasting outcome has seemed less and less feasible as the days go by.

On Sunday, while the world's media were focused on the front of a New York police station, I was terror-stricken again when I learned of the wave of victims following the Nakba Day commemorations. The Palestinian people call it "the day of the catastrophe" because it commemorates the creation of Israel in 1948. Israeli people die, Palestinian people die, and then we are back to square one again, as if any tiny hope to see two free democratic states coexisting had vanished.

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