Israel is the problem not Iran - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Khalid
    • 13.12.05 | 09:11 (IST)

    Israel, not Iran, is the main problem and main cause of instability and tension in the Middle East. Israel's insistence on occupying Palestine and tormenting and subjugating the Palestinian people is bound to generate certain reactions among Muslims. Muslims will not just remain idle while their Al-Qods al Sharif is mutilated by racist walls and while, of all people, Muslims are barred from reaching their holy places and praing in the Third holiest Islamic Shrine on Earth. As for the holocaust, Israel is using this human catastrophe as a propaganda weapon to silence critics of Israeli racism and oppression and occupation. For Israel and her supporters, recognizing the holocaust also means supporting Israeli crimes in Gaza and the West Bank. As a Palestinian, I do recognize the holocaust, However, I would never ever accept or tolerate the abuse by Israel of this awesome catastrophe to justify their fundametnally criminal treatment of my people. I know that most Muslims recognize the holocaust in their hearts. But, many of them would not highlight this recognition lest it be used by Israel as a propganda tool to further effect her evil designs against the Palestinians. In short, Israel, a nuclear power, should take a gesture of good will toward the Muslim world. I suggest the following steps: 1: Israel should declare her willingess to withdraw from the territories occupied in 1967 including East Jerusalem, in return for full peace with the Palestinians. 2: Israel should express her willingess to solve the refugee plight in a just and equitable manner. 3: Israel should express her willingess to terminate irreversibly all aggressive designs against Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Iran and Turkey. 4: Israel should declare her willingness to dispose of her nuclear arsenal and agree to make the entire Middle East a nuclear-free zone. Israel can easily take these steps. It is a nuclear power and has one of the strongest armies in the world. Powerful nations can take risks. If Israel takes these steps, I am sure Jews and Arabs and Turks and IRanians will live like brothers for at least a thousand years to come. We have to remember that Jews and non-Jews in this part of the world donh't have intrinsic problems, since Judaism is recognized in Islam and Jews are considered people of the book.

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    First published 00:00 13.12.05 | Last updated 00:00 13.12.05
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