Originally Posted by patteeu
There are always violent nutjob extremists on all sides. Even the US has it's own violent nutjob extremists. But all sides don't have equal violent nutjob extremists. We should stop saying things like "extremists on both sides" when we talk about the Israeli/palestinian problem. The extremists on the palestinian side are by far the worse problem here and that needs to be pointed out with clarity, IMO.
Other than that, I tend agree with most of your takes on this subject.
To add to my previous post: Israel's extremists are in a tiny minority and are not supported by the general population (as BRC points out, most Israelis support a two state solution, including the current Prime Minister despite what Direckshun might tell us). By contrast, most palestinians support their extremists (as evidenced by the popular electoral victory of Hamas in Gaza and the ineffectiveness of the PA to prevent the last round of violence in the West Bank territory).