Expectations and criticism in the ME Watch
1)Israel is a secularised democracy and the expectations are therefore more demanding. People simply expect less from teh PLO and thus the reactions are also more moderate.
2)Israel is stronger in terms of economy and military, and are also supported by the US. As the palestinians are in a weaker position people argue that the actions of teh PLO are more understandable than those of the Israeli government.
3)Public opinion currently states that Israel is the "bad" side and this causes people to WANT to beleive that Israeli actions are worse and that palestinian actions are more justified.
What do you think?
Oh dear - i hope u arent going on the defensive too much after last night's skirmishes Jonatan. By the way i think u have answered ur own question and defeated whatever agenda u might intended to set on this topic - let's just forget this topic - its far too heavy at this time of the day
ok for ur sake i will agree with ur views OK?
Hmmm, perhaps some feeling of guilt over the way the mandate was handled all those years ago. The fact that Israel acts are the acts of a representative democracy are therefore reflect 'the will of the people' (to a certain extent). The Palestinians however are individual terrorist groups as such do not have the same legitimacy. Also, Israel are parties to things such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, The Geneva Convention, and all manner of other international treaties and 'standards' whereas Hamas et all are not. The fact that Israeli's, in general enjoy a much better quality of life compared to their Palestinian neighbours also probably plays a role.