To Cipora (#133) - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Morris Valentine
    • 01.11.07 | 02:28 (IST)

    Hello, Cipora, Your response to Axel is correct on its legal points. However, I believe Axel is questioning the proposed legislation on its ethics. I feel I must question it, too, but on more practical terms. I do recognise every decision the Government of Israel makes must consider Israel's existential needs, and that an MK visiting an enemy state may pose a security risk. However, the legislative bodies of both the US and UK, to the best of my knowledge, do not restrict its members from visiting enemy states. Such visits, it is recognised, have the potential to serve the cause of peace, as they provide a channel for constructive discussion between levels of opposing governments, where diplomacy can be better practiced out of the public eye and the glare of the media. Advancing peace requires taking risks and talking with your enemies (sometimes outside of formal channels). Stifling MKs stifles the chance for peace. Give peace a chance - let it breath freely.

    from the article: Arab MKs: Bid to bar trips to enemy states is 'racist'
    First published 00:00 31.10.07 | Last updated 00:00 31.10.07
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