Ibrahim. #48 Demographics - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Ezreal
    • 13.03.06 | 23:58 (IST)

    The concern many Jews have regards demographics is for all too real a reason and much less to do with overt racism as Yaacov and you insinuate. No enforced transfers. Negotiated with mutual agreement or not implemented. You speak as a secular Arab or at least a Christian who is of a live and let live ethos. You may claim to be typical but unfortunately that is so far from the truth. Come on Ibrahim, where have you been hiding? Your picture perfect scenario of a 50/50 ethnic split takes no account of the history of the region nor the emotions and prejudices that exist within societies generally, never mind the hotbed of fundamentalism,(Jewish and Muslim), that is the Fertile Crescent. It serves no useful purpose to gloss over the differences that exist in hope rather than expectation of a happy ending for all. Maybe once a Palestinian state is established some of the brutal realities of the last century will recede from the memory and the nirvana you hint at may emerge. Meanwhile the pursuit of a Jewish state with a large percentage of its population as Jews, but with equal rights for all minorities within, is perfectly logical and understandable. That one of the most consistently and universally persecuted minorities should want to live at peace amongst their own in a nation where they no longer have to trust in the good nature of their fellow citizens. A trust, which has yet to be rewarded in 2000 years. This is the very essence of Zionism and why Israel is today a Zionist state, and why it should remain as such. It will take more than good intentions to change it.

    from the article: Lieberman - nyet, nyet, nyet
    First published 00:00 13.03.06 | Last updated 00:00 13.03.06
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