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    • Kane
    • 13.10.10 | 08:14 (IST)

    I think this is a bit too passionate because there is a difference between a Palestinian, or any other, Government refusing to recognise Israel as a country (and I agree wholeheartedly that is an odious nonsense but understand Abbas no longer does) and declining the more recent request to recognise it as a State of and for a single religious/ethnic group. Take the Goose/Gander test: I’m sure many of Australia’s neighbours would refuse a request to formally recognise Australia as an Anglo/Celtic Nation. And I’m sure you’d agree this would be their right, although a higher percentage of Australians are Anglo/Celtic than Israelis are Jewish and plenty of Australians say the growing percentage of Asian Australians threatens the national identity. My point is that national identity – if it does in fact exist - is an evolving, ever changing thing dependant solely on the perception and confidence of all a nation’s citizens. If Israeli citizens choose to identify as Jews and a Jewish nation then I suppose that is well and good, certainly Australia had a formal White Australia Policy for the best part of last century. But it ceases to be well and good when it encourages Israeli Jewish citizens to ostracise or penalise those people, inside or outside Israel’s borders, who do not wish to identify Israel as a country of and for a single religious or ethnic group.

    from the article: Vice Premier: No chance of peace with Palestinians in near future
    First published 12:57 12.10.10 | Last updated 12:57 12.10.10
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