Improving Israel's image - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Nathaniel
    • 19.02.06 | 04:16 (IST)

    Aluf Ben is correct that Israel must be concerned with its image - but for the wrong reasons. Those who seek to delegitimize Israel are not concerned with substance - Israel's creation was opposed before any concept of an independent Arab Palestine existed, it was opposed before the 1967 occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, and it has been consistently assailed since. Israel must pursue just policies that promote national consensus and cohesiveness - the occupation has eroded Israel's self image as a just society - and that is why Israel must disengage from the territories and end its control over the Palestinians. In this sense, the Israeli right has done far more damage to Israel then Hamas has. Unfortunately, anti-semiticism and anti-Zionism are safe terms - but Aluf Ben's laudable suggestions won't change that.

    from the article: Improve the image
    First published 00:00 16.02.06 | Last updated 00:00 16.02.06
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