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    • Miche Norman
    • 23.03.10 | 11:22 (IST)

    Do we have the right to live in Jerusalem undoubtedly - is it the smart thing to do? - There is national consensus that we have the right to build and live in West Jerusalem and those parts of the old city where we were illegally expelled from in 1948 - but that does not mean that other areas of East Jerusalem where Jews did not live are fair game. We may have a g-d given right but that is not a g-d given commandment. No Palestinian leader every will be strong enough to give up on both East Jerusalem and also the massive return of refugees. If we want to remain a democracy where we are safe from a demographic time bomb, why would we want to take on hundreds of thousands of hostile Palestinians and give them citizenship (which we will have to do inevitably) - all this for housing for extremists who want to destroy the secular society that we have built- because that is the case, perhaps we should just build a cliff to jump off

    from the article: Netanyahu to U.S.: Palestinian demands may delay peace talks again
    First published 04:41 23.03.10 | Last updated 11:03 31.03.10
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