Kim, Of course Israel is a legitimate state, as established by the UN, and later expanded under hostile attack. The green line does not mark a final border. I think you and I agree on that. I was responding to Lior's statements where he was claiming that Israel has a Biblical claim to the West Bank. He was saying Israel IS the sovereign power over the West Bank, and the rest of the world needs to come around to recognizing that. It is HIS claim of sovereignty over the West Bank that would put Israel in the position of giving the Palistinians rights and social services. I personally disagree with both Lior's claim to the West Bank, and to the obligations that would force upon Israel. I was mearly pointing out that if the Palistinians are guests in a Biblical Jewish state, then their treatment would have to change. If he wants a Biblical Jewish state ruling over all the land from Jordan to the sea, he needs to put his money where his mouth is. Become an activist and bring the "other Arabs" into the Biblical Jewish state that he envisions. This WOULD obligate the Israeli gov't to be equally generous with Israeli tax funds to every human from the Jordan to the sea. Kim, I am not advocating a single state solution. I'm only pointing out to Lior the moral obligations that Israel takes on if it claims a single Biblical Jewish State that includes the land where the "other Arabs" currently live. If you disagree with this analysis, please show me where I am wrong. I'm open to debate.
Three dead, 30 wounded in Islamist attack on UN base in Mali (Reuters)
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