No, adon Avinery, you're wrong. - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Robert Soran-Schwartz
    • 12.10.11 | 13:42 (IST)

    I totally disagree with the arguments Shlomo Avineri presents. He is in all points either dishonest (presenting views he doesn't believe, but must use in order to reject the contrary views), or he has no own or consistent definition for: "Who is a Jew, what is Jewish, including the why and when?" As long as we, Israelis, haven't yet agreed upon this fundamental question it is mendacious to call Israel "Jewish State" and to request ANY other peoples and states in the world to recognize not Israel, but the Jewish State. I won't answer here point by point - too much space would be needed - but I'll only mention one: The UN resolution 1947 was meant to partition Palestine into two states, whose borders would follow the demography (Jewish state where Jewish majority, Palestinian where Palestinians prevailed). The term "Jewish state" was only used because the planned state had no other name 1947 ... Here I quote the resolution "Palestinian citizens residing in Palestine outside the City of Jerusalem, as well as Arabs and Jews who, not holding Palestinian citizenship, reside in Palestine outside the City of Jerusalem shall, upon the recognition of independence, become citizens of the State in which they are resident and enjoy full civil and political rights. Persons over the age of eighteen years may opt, within one year from the date of recognition of independence of the State in which they reside, for citizenship of the other State, providing that no Arab residing in the area of the proposed Arab State shall have the right to opt for citizenship in the proposed Jewish State and no Jew residing in the proposed Jewish State shall have the right to opt for citizenship in the proposed Arab State. The exercise of this right of option will be taken to include the wives and children under eighteen years of age of persons so opting. Arabs residing in the area of the proposed Jewish State and Jews residing in the area of the proposed Arab State who have signed a notice of intention to opt for citizenship of the other State shall be eligible to vote in the elections to the Constituent Assembly of that State, but not in the elections to the Constituent Assembly of the State in which they reside. " In other words the resolution requested to create two normal states, not a normal one (Palestinian) and a ethno-religious one (Israel). Both states should have included the minorities resident on their territories. And all the rest, haveri Shlomo, you argue about has the same low quality and respect of reality and truth. No, dear Shlomo, recognizing Israel as a Jewish state would be an offense against all international policy principles, resolutions,laws, agreements and conventions. Israel and we, Jews in Diaspora or even in Israel; have still to learn that we are JUST normal people, like all others on our planet. And behave as such. If not, than we'll see Israel transformed into a Third Temple Jewish Reich, a milder, non-genocidal version of the Germanist state 1933-1945. Kind regards

    from the article: We are a people, a response to Sari Nusseibeh
    First published 11:28 12.10.11 | Last updated 11:28 12.10.11
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