James Great Point But Here is the Problem - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
  • p.TextOutput { R static java.lang.String p.mt = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValuePolicy'; R static java.lang.String p.publicInterfaces = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValued'; R static java.lang.String p.beanClass = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValuePolicy'; RW java.lang.String value = '13'; R transient java.lang.Object _data = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.NumberInputPolicy'; },ModelStore=com.polopoly.model.ModelStoreInMap p.TextOutput { R static java.lang.String p.mt = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValuePolicy'; R static java.lang.String p.publicInterfaces = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValued'; R static java.lang.String p.beanClass = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValuePolicy'; RW java.lang.String value = '21'; R transient java.lang.Object _data = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.NumberInputPolicy'; },ModelStore=com.polopoly.model.ModelStoreInMap
    • Reasonable Thinker
    • 01.11.11 | 15:25 (IST)

    If you say settlements are illegal Israel can't be an apartheid state, why? Because you have stated that settlements are outside of Israel proper, AGREED. But its a double edged sword, by saying settlements are illegal because that land isn't Israel, why should the persons living there, i.e. Palestinians, have rights inside of Israel??? We both agree that that land is dispusted/occupied/not part of Israel, (it might change following land swaps as part of a final peace agreement) Accordingly, if you then take that point and analyze the Israeli electoral system, a singular consittuency PR list system, you would find that Israel is actually the most democratic country on earth! Yes this is factually true! WHY? because the Knesset make up mirrors almost exactly the percentage of votes that were received by each party. Unlike Canada for example which uses a the first past the post multi constituency system which, if for example, the Trinity-Spadina district of Toronto, 48% vote liberal, 1% conservative, 51% vote NDP. this will mean NDP willl win the seat and 49% of constituents will not have their views represented. Unlike Israel where since it is 1 constituency and a PR system, if this mirco case was Israel, we'd have a Majority gov't, with 51% of seats to NDP, 1% to conservatives and 48% to Liberals. Now of course Israel being a highly fragmented society (its got what 5m jews, thats 15million opinions!) chose this system knowing it would create minority governments, WHY? So every CITIZEN could have an equal say. THAT IS DEMOCRACY IN ITS FINEST, IF YOU ARGUE ISRAEL IS AN APARTHEID STATE YOU ARE ARGUINING OVER WHO SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT TO CITIZENSHIP AND THAT IS DIFFICULT BATTLE TO WIN FOR THE WB/GAZA IF YOU ARE FOR 2 STATES

    from the article: Goldstone: Israel is not an 'apartheid state'
    First published 13:04 01.11.11 | Last updated 13:04 01.11.11
Haaretz Headlines
94-year-old former SS sergeant Reinhold Hanning sits in the courtroom in Detmold, Germany
94-year-old admits he served in Auschwitz, apologizes to Holocaust survivors

'I am ashamed that I saw injustice and never did anything about it,' Reinhold Hanning tells German courtroom.

01:17 30.04.16 | 1 comments
Tel Aviv's Zuk beach, 2011.
Tel Aviv court cuts beach chair rental costs

A seaside umbrella and chair will no longer cost all your change, after a court decision against private vendors lets the city rent out the equipment for as little as $1.60 apiece.

15:47 28.04.16 | 0 comments
Elkabetz, in a promotional shot for her 2011 film “Invisible.”
Ronit Elkabetz, who shattered stereotypes about Mizrahi women

The greatness of the late Israeli actor stems from the fact that her own unique persona informed the credibility of all the characters she played.

02:57 30.04.16 | 0 comments
Shimon Attal.
For French teen studying in Israel, it's all about being a Jew among Jews

Arrivals / Departures: Anti-Semitism in France is certainly not the reason why this teen chose to come to Israel; an Israeli whose relatives perished in the Holocaust finds living in Berlin 'perfectly fine.'

03:33 30.04.16 | 1 comments