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    • 12.10.11 | 16:05 (IST)

    What nations designate as their nature is the business of those nations. It is not a negotiable element in treaties with other nations or peoples. This is an utterly simple, and straightforward answer to Avineri's unusual anguish. It is offensive to say to an occupied people that they will not have statehood granted to them by the occupying power unless the occupied people endorse the way Israel defines itself. They are two utterly distinct issues. Who gives a damn how you define your state. JJust stop making impossible demands on people who have no say, no right, nor interest in how Israel defines itself. Israel, note, is imposing huge demands on how, operationally, the prospective Palestinian state may define itself. I don't think Palestinians are interested in reciprocating on this meddling in how a neighbouring power represents itself. The jmost insensitive thing of all is that such a request asks Palestinians on one side of the Greern Line to underwrite a declaration that implicitly defines family and cousins on the other side as 'residents' in a state (Israel) that is Jewish, i.e. as Arabs whose ethnicity is out of kitler with the fundamental ethnic design of that polity. Bah!

    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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