You only need to HEAR in order to understand the issue.
I must say that I beleive that the majority of people debating the Israel - Palestine question has not even managed to catch which three people shared the nobel price after the Oslo agreement, though I am certain that everyone will be able to name Arafat as one of them.
Nobel prize winners afta oslo agreement were Rabin, Shimon Pere (or sumfin spelt like dat, can remem) n Arafat (lol)[/QUOTE]
Yeah, and I think it is not true people only remember arafats price. Rabin was definitely more famous, especially after his assasination.
Ok, I've just come back from Israel on a school trip. I went for a week. I had an amazing time, I experienced so much. It was so unique and I just want to do it all again. Israel really is an amazing place, it's so beautiful. It's a shame not many people know it.
I saw no violence at all. I saw nothing harmful. I saw sun, I saw the sea, I saw the countryside, I saw history and I saw snow, but I saw no aggression of any kind. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming.
I'm going to post a mini diary of what we did, and maybe a few piccies - I took some great pictures. From me standing in front of some cows on a bike in the middle of the countryside in the hot sun to taking a picture of the snowy hills from the top of a cable car.
But first I want to tell you all what one of the non-Jewish and pro-palestinian teachers thought that went with.
He comes from a Christian background and is the type to be Pro-Palestinian and completely anti-Israel. So he went to Israel to see it all for himself. And he said that he had an absolutely amazing time there. He realised how much the media exaggerates and lies. He saw the Israeli point of view and he now knows both sides of the story. So now he has actually seen it for himself instead of relying on the news, radio and papers, it has changed his views on things and is now no longer against Israel.
The point of this story is that you all have an opinion, and your opinion can easily change. Most of your views are based on the media, and the media really is bias. Most of you think you know everything about this, but the truth is, you don't. You don't know until you have been. So you can argue as much as you want, but you don't know what you're talking about because all your information is off the internet and news. It's like writing up an experiment that you havn't even seen.
So anyway, I really don't want to argue anymore and don't want to fall out with any of you. I just hope that one day you do realise the real situation.
Oh Gems, wonderful.
Can I come next time?
I would say that forming an opinion on a country based on a one week 'tourist' trip there is worse than forming one based on wide and critical reading. But yea, anyway, I'm glad you enjoyed yourself.