The settlers have children and grandchildren who were born in the Territories, d
by Yitzhak Frankenthal 26.06.2013
We have certainly created a problem for ourselves, but just like with any other injustice that is not nipped in the bud, this injustice has grown to enormous proportions. The tragic situation of our settlers stems from that of the Palestinians. But this interdependence also affords us a better understanding of the Palestinians problem. The stronger the sense of ownership that the settlers’ children feel, the better they should understand the pain of the Palestinian children. Both were dragged involuntarily into this distorted situation – all the more reason why they should have empathy for each other. In reality, however, people do not usually see themselves as they really are, nor do they realize the similarity between their predicament and that of those who they see as their foes. This is why we need a compromise that would not require us to evacuate most of the settlers and instead would provide territorial contiguity that would make them an integral part of the State of Israel.