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    Honest debate can kill the Right. Try to argue with them on a rational basis about the value of settlements in the West Bank. Who can possibly justify it from a rational point of view? The Palestinians will eventually become citizens and Israel will become the lost dream. To argue, they will rely on: It used to be ours, we dreamt about it, the Messiah will come, etc. No rationality. No wonder that there are effectively no intellectuals in the Right. Thinking people automatically become leftists, just because they think! Instead of getting into a losing debate, the Right threatens and intimidates. Why investigate funding of the Left? Is there any evidence brought to light that the source is some "enemy of the state"? None was brought to light! If the Knesset thinks that foreign donations should be reported to the penny, pass such legislation. (I think that only amounts over $20,000 must be reported now.) If declared enemies of Israel, or any well-defined enemy should not be allowed to contribute, pass such legislation. The only problem is that Rightist organizations will also be subject to the same regulations. Sharon's son went to jail for exceeding the allowed donations from abroad (for elections) and reporting false figures. Unlike the US Congress, Knesset committees do not have subpoena powers, so all this "investigation" is simply an exercise in intimidation. The info that is available is a matter of public record, an investigation is otherwise superfluous, so let us move to the next, legislative step. There we will finally see the fascists at work; The limit will not be on the amount but will have to be on the type of opinion that people express.

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    First published 01:55 21.01.11 | Last updated 01:55 21.01.11
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