Louis from Malta - From fiction to reality - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Michael Jacobs
    • 21.06.07 | 23:06 (IDT)

    Louis, you suggest that these nations have been fighting each other for 'thousands of years'. I beg to differ: today's real challenges do NOT originate in any Biblical or even medieval era. Most of the European Jews who came to the region from the 19th century onward were educated and brought with them mature democratic ideas with which to efficiently run an independent country. On the other hand, in striking contrast, the Arabs of the Middle East have had very little experience with political independence and nationhood. A relatively high percentage of them are still analfabetic, even today. It is, to all accounts, the Arabs who have to catch up if they want to move from fiction to reality; that is, if they wish to enjoy a share of this world's peace and prosperity.

    from the article: Mahmoud Abbas is a fiction
    First published 00:00 21.06.07 | Last updated 00:00 21.06.07
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