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    • Smadar
    • 24.01.13 | 02:36 (IST)

    one for the Jewish people, Israel, and one for the Arabs, today called the Palestinians. There has to be a recognition of concern for Israel's demographic sanctuary for the Jewish people, as it's the only nation persecuted because of (a) its peoples' religion and (b) nationality/culture. In 1948, PM David Ben Gurion accepted this on behalf of the Jewish people, but not the Arabs - just the communists party in Lebanon accepted the new Israeli state. (My father told me he saw a flyer from Lebanon which his Hebrew University Professor in Jerusalem showed him which indicated this fact) Another thing, you are also including all the Palestinians who are considered refugees even though they never lived in Israel or Palestine, that is, they were born outside the Holy Land. Former PM Ehud Barak stated during the Camp David talks of 2000, that " Israel is not responsible for those births". Remember? Now, about the settlements, yes, you're probably right that under international law, Israel was not suppose to have built settlements until a negotiated peace agreement and settling of borders. But do note the fact that these settlements are built on less than 5% of the West Bank territory.

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