I too have studied the region with all its calamities and promise. While it is not popular among the Intelligentsia to say anything positive about the Israeli State, I do, in my most personal declarations, say that it is a miracle that the one country in the region without any petroleum reserves is still the most prosperous and advanced. I am a Hindu (originally from India) but I do dream great things for the rest of the world too; I agree that it would be magnificent if the oil rich Arabian countries would welcome this small Jewish State into their hearts. The result would truly be a new Superpower. Sallam Alacham to your brave countrymen in Iraq. Thank you to this Haaretz Web Page for allowing all viewpoints - it is a credit to the Israeli people.
PLO official: Reports about Abbas' resignation from political life very premature (Haaretz)
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