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  1. Ted Jacobsen says

    Shalom,

    Thank you for another excellent column. I agree with most of your underlying premises. However, no matter how much Israel wants peace within the framework of a two-State solution, it requires an Arab partner. When you read the comments across the spectrum of Arab leadership, where are the voices asking for peace? Where is one credible voice in the Arab world asking for peace with Israel ?

    Is there any Arab leader who agrees with the principle that Israel is a Jewish state, and must be acknowledged as such in any ultimate peace agreement between Israel and the PLA?

    If a miracle did occur, and a peace treaty between Israel and the PLA was forthcoming, would Hamas accept? Would Hizbollah? Would Alqaeda in Syria accept? Would the Arab League give its collective blessing?

    More crucially important, would the Persian nation accept this Jewish State of Israel in a proposed two-state solution? Would it miraculously stop its inexorable voyage to being a nuclear power with nuclear weapons, or at least the potential to build them quickly?

    There are also a myriad of practical issues that must also be negotiated to create this two-state solution: Israel’s legitimate concerns for its future with yet another Arab nation on its border; the ‘right of return’ for so-called ‘Palestinian refugees’; determination of future fair water rights; the legitimate concern [right?] of Israel to have military security over the new proposed Palestinian state; the credible concern of Israel to have some control of weapons [except for police] entering the proposed new Arab state, et al.

    As you know, there are many more issues to be resolved. I suspect that my core question of ‘progressive ‘ liberal Israelis and Diaspora Jews, including you, is: to what extent do you wish Israel to compromise and to sacrifice security concerns to have peace with a new Arab nation on its borders? Israel has given up Sinai, southern Lebanon, Gaza and innumerable Palestinian terrorists and muderers in its search for peace.
    What is the ‘progressive’ Jewish person’s ‘red line’ re the future existence of the Jewish State of Israel? Do you even have a red line, a point in negotiations for peace, that you would not expect Israel to cross for the sake of peace? Should Israel give up Jerusalem? Should Israel free every mass murderer from every prison as another ‘gesture’ for peace. Must Israel accept the ‘right of return’ and pay compensation to these Arabs whose parents left when war was imminent?

    If I had an idea about the ‘progressives’ red line, perhaps I would understand more clearly why you appear willing to sacrifice every Israeli life for ‘peace’ with Arabs whose very faith of Islam dictates that they cannot make peace with infidels, especially infidels who are ‘occupying’ land previously conquered by Islam.

    Shalom,
    Ted Jacobsen

  2. Carolyn Bickerton says

    Very interesting read. It is regrettable that you have to spend a substantial part of your article fortifying your position and your politics. We need open discussion in the Diaspora to move forward. I am in Israel now, in the south, wondering if the ceasefire will hold. I firmly believe that you can talk about a 2 state solution that is secure. You can also be critical of the large warts in Israeli democracy and not be challenging Israel’s right to exist. How can any system improve without heated discussion? I love Israel, yet I question its policies on many fronts, as do most Israelis. This criticism and questioning is fundamental to democracy. Therefore as I criticize the Quebec government for banning public servants wearing any visible religious symbols, I certainly will question the Israeli government’s new law that differentiates between Christian and Muslim Israelis.

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