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    • Jehudah Ben-Israel
    • 08.04.10 | 18:36 (IDT)

    ...state, even not in public, their acceptance of Israel's right to be, to exist as the nation-state of the Jewish people? I suspect you haven't. I have, a number of times, during my studies abroad, and the closest answer that I received from them was: Well, Israel is a fact and therefore we don't need to answer such a question or make any further statements. But I pressed: Israel is a member state of the UN and was proclaimed based on UN resolutions. Don't you think it has the right to exist and the Jewish people has the right of national self-determination and independence, and Israel is their way of exercising this right? No, Israel is a fact, was the reply. Thus, I concluded, out loud: So, if next year the Arabs decide to wipe Israel off the face of earth that would be OK and Israel will not be a fact any more. The response from the "Palestinian peace activists", as you call them, was: right.

    from the article: Berkeley's Israel boycott: The occupation's new friend
    First published 15:54 08.04.10 | Last updated 16:51 08.04.10
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