an Francisco journalist Warren Hinkle once remarked, "When life hands you a lemon, make lemonade!" The State of Israel, under continuous attack since its inception in 1948 have done just that! As a nation in a constant state of war, not because it is an aggressor, but because it exercises its right to "individual or collective self-defense," under Article 51 of the United Nations Charter, Israel has been forced to develop its technologies for the defense of its citizens. In a different scenario, where Israel was at peace, such technologies likely would have taken a different direction, such as dominance in advanced computer systems and software for scientific research, or medical research applications. Given the fact that Israel has developed extensive experience in defense technology applications out of necessity and that in a post 9/11 world, there is a markedly increased demand for such technologies, it is only logical that Israel would actively and assertively participate in that market. Hamas has rejected the possibility of peace with Israel and suffered the consequences of that decision. Fatah is willing to extend peace for land and statehood and Israel must reach out and extend the hand of peace to them. Perhaps when the time comes when Hamas is willing to end its isolation and accept the existence of Israel as part of a two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the benefits of advanced technologies could be extended to all Palestinians and the objectives of technology shifted to non-defense needs.
Tower Lakes, IL
Sep 29 2007 - 2:47am