45: Strange definition of "democratic" - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • David Teich
    • 16.01.06 | 12:10 (IST)

    Lets see, Hamas calls for the outright destruction of Israel and directly attacks civilians. The Palestinian Authority agreed to disarm terrorists, including Hamas. The PA has, instead, allowed a terrorist group to take part in their elections, which have never been fair or democratic. Every democracy has rules of civilized participation and types of speech that are outlawed. More importantly, all democracies have the right to prevent parties from running for office that call for the destruction of their own governments. Israel has the right to defend itself. It shouldn't even let Jerusalem Arabs vote, but it certainly has the right to disallow a group committed to Israel's destruction from campaigning in Israel.

    from the article: One little telephone call
    First published 00:00 15.01.06 | Last updated 00:00 15.01.06
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