Abs. Sweden #101: Betlehem is a good example - - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • ivo
    • 18.04.10 | 18:53 (IDT)

    - of this not being that much a religious issue /in fact not at all, but rather a purely territorial one. one can claim territory as much as one wants on religious grounds, but this is not how things happen in history anymore & it's not how the state of israel has come about in the first place either. that's the whole problem w/'messianic claims' on both sides. betlehem was definitely historically a jewish place, but it simply fell on the arab side of the division line of -47 & was indeed inhabited by arabs & not jews, as it is today. even hebron w/all its central importance to judaism has been 'abandoned' as part of the oslo accords (& later wye accords by notably bibi himself!). what are you gonna do w/these facts, as w/the one of several hundred thousands arab jerusalemites who arguably belong in the city? the only argument left is the one of security, but that's not an unsurmountable one.

    from the article: For Jerusalem, a response to Elie Wiesel
    First published 02:30 18.04.10 | Last updated 09:07 18.04.10
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