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    • Morris Valentine
    • 01.11.07 | 16:54 (IST)

    Cipora, Thank you for your kind response. I would offer the rebuttal that MKs indeed are part of the Government - the legislative branch. Whilst the executive may be empowered to negociate on behalf of the state, I can see no prohibition in Israeli basic law on MKs - Arab or Jew - from having discussions with members of other governments, friendly or hostile. Here is why I think your argument may be specious: if a Jewish MK wanted to travel to Damascus and have a direct discussion with a member of the Syrian parliament, would it be much less likely the Israeli right wing would protest, than if an Arab MK were to make exactly the same trip and speak with exactly the same Syrian? I think we both know. The Arab MKs, unfortunately, are correct. The proposed prohibition singles them out. That is not fair, nor just, nor democratic. Israel really needs to decide whether it wants to be a insular Jewish theocracy, or a democratic state with the attendant risks. Kind regard.

    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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