Israeli identity should not be based on ethnicity; name one successful democracy that is not composed of multi-ethnic factions in some ratio. It should not be the focus of any state to foster the continuing divisions of any community. Integration and assimilation does not mean that the community forgets who they are, or what their religious beliefs are. However, if individuals in a community chose an individual identity over a cultural identity, there is again no right of any government to impose on that individual. Personal choice should never endanger a citizens rights in any democratic country. The fact that Israel spends money to get young Jews to come to Israel, when they still have outstanding debts to be paid for reconstruction in Gaza and the West Bank just illustrates the flawed nature of the current administration.
UN Security Council urges Greek and Turkish Cypriots to reach peace agreement (AP)