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    • zeev
    • 16.02.10 | 11:40 (IST)

    "Unlike the Arabs in 1948 who ethnically cleansed East Jerusalem of Jews, Israel did NOT ethnically cleanse Arabs from East Jlem after 1967. Arabs are still allowed to live there." (Tim R) That's a fact, I agree with you. Just don't say "the Arabs", say "the Jordanians". And let us be precise: "To live there" as non-Israeli residents. Up to now. Can we consider this issue closed? "yet Arabs are still objecting to Jews settling in East Jerusalem because despite history, they still claim that it should be an exclusively Arab city?" (Tim R) What the Arabs are objecting to what, even regarding East Jlem, is of no weight at all to me and to my like-minded friends. Why should we view the Arabs' objection as more important than what the international community without exception is telling us: that when it comes to decide who should be sovereign in East Jlem, our past history there is in its eyes, totally irrelevant. That's a hard fact, like it or not. Our leaders have accepted it. Proof is their unrelenting and feverish construction in E-Jlem, in the hope that the rest of the world would one day bow to the 'fait accompli'. Debating whether the entire world's position is baseless or not, morally right or wrong, is childish and wasting time, unless you can think of some practical way for Israel to change it - before it is too late. Can you? Don't wait too long, not much time is left to us. We have been warned. See "Battle of numbers: Jewish minority [in all Eretz-Israel] by 2020", Jerusalem Post, Oct 25, 2007. www.jpppi.org.il/ (click 'News & Events' then 'From the press') Prof. Della Pergola holds the chair of Israel-Diaspora Relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is a senior fellow at the Jewish People Policy Planning Institute. Think Serbia and South Africa. We don't want Israel to be, one day, added to the list, do we?

    from the article: Fear of peace will be the death of Israel
    First published 12:48 03.02.10 | Last updated 12:48 03.02.10
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