Who is at fault?
Krauthammer has it precisely correct.
…But you don’t have to be a historian to understand the intention of Israel’s enemies. You only have to read today’s newspapers…
…occupation was a mere excuse to persuade gullible and historically ignorant Westerners to support the Arab cause against Israel. The issue is, and has always been, Israel’s existence. That is what is at stake…
…In the end, the fighting is about “the core 1948 issues [Israel becomes a nation], rather than the secondary ones from 1967.”
In 1967, Israel acquired the “occupied territories.” In 1948, Israel acquired life [as a nation]. The fighting raging now in 2006 — between Israel and the “genocidal Islamism” (to quote the writer Yossi Klein Halevi) of Hamas and Hezbollah and Iran behind them — is about whether that life should and will continue to exist.