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Friday, September 12, 2003

 

NY Times on Israel and Dean http://www.nytimes.com/2003/09/12/opinion/12FRI1.html

posted by Trammell at Friday, September 12, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Editorial from The New York Times:
[...] In Israel itself, there are 1.3 million Arabs and 5.4 million Jews. This means that the number of Jews and Arabs living between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River — in Israel and the occupied lands — is approaching parity. By 2020, Jews will be a minority. The longer Israelis continue to settle in the West Bank and Gaza, the harder it will be to cleanly divide the land between two nations with separate identities. Talk of two states will end. Two options will remain: an apartheid state run by a heavily armed Jewish minority, or a new political entity without a Jewish identity.

The conclusion is clear. Israel must begin to plan its exit from the West Bank and Gaza not only to permit the creation of a viable, contiguous Palestinian state but to preserve its own future. Polls show that most Israelis understand. They do not want to drain their treasury and lose their children to protect West Bank settlements. At the Democratic presidential debate on Tuesday night, Senator Joseph Lieberman criticized former Gov. Howard Dean for calling on Israel to dismantle most of its settlements. "That's up to the parties in their negotiations, not for us to tell them," the senator said.

We strongly disagree. True support for Israel means helping it see through its pain and rage to its own best interest. You do not have to believe in Mr. Arafat's sincerity or the Palestinians' good will to grasp the need for a radical course shift. You need only understand the meaning of self-preservation.
NON-RELATED NOTE: I have some family stuff to deal with for a few days, my Ma has some serious health problems. I'll be around when I can and should be back to blogging next week -- though I'll try to do a late-night post or two. Please keep us in your thoughts -- and prayers, too, if you are the prayin' type. Thanks much, - Scott


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