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Response to leftynyc (Reply #10)

Tue Feb 12, 2019, 08:04 AM

17. I criticized the policy of establishing settlements in the West Bank.

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I've also expressed disagreement with the members of the Knesset who actively call for what can only be described as ethnic cleansing. The population of Israel within its UN-recognized borders is 75 percent Jewish, but that would drop to a lot closer to 50 percent if the occupied territories were annexed and the Palestinian Muslims currently living there remained. That would impact the nature of Israel as a Jewish state. The Israeli government has not actively called for their relocation, the Israelis I personally know find the idea abhorrent, and it's unlikely to happen, but at least some far-right Israeli politicians think it's a good idea.

The problem is that, for some people, the occupied territories are already seen as part of Israel and necessary for the territorial integrity and survival of the country. Opinions to the contrary are thus perceived as attacks on Israel itself and, by extension, on Judaism as a whole.

I have always been very clear about where my disagreement is directed, but that doesn't always matter for some people.

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