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Its time for an honest appraisal of the situation

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Submitted by PT (United States), Jan 7, 2009 at 12:42

Mr Pipes,

I've read on your site before your view that its inhumane to move the "Palestinians" to some other part of Arabia as a reader had suggested, but I think this is where the ultimate honesty test comes into play. If you can't place Jewishness as a religion, or survival of the Jewish people above everyday fairness then how can you justify the resurrection of the state of Israel at the expense of another group of people to begin with? If you believe in God then the answer is simple: God told you to move there. If you don't believe in God or not an observant Jew, ... you must come up with either a logical justification or simply admit your bias. What justifies the creation of a state for one group of people at the expense of another? The only logical one here is survival: the history of Jewish persecution proves that they will never be safe as a minority and therefore need to have their own country where they are the majority.

As far as the displacement of the Arab populous in Israel, it can be justified that survival of one group of people is greater than the initial discomfort of displacement experienced by another group of people. Why Israel of all places? Historical, cultural and religious precedence. I think Israel's supporters inability to state these points openly and unequivocally really only hurts their case because their arguments as a result often come off as shaky and defensive (for example, when they pretend that the Arab displacement was entirely the Arabs' fault) While critics of Israel, such a Noam Chomsky, can mount better arguments because they don't have the burden of hiding their intentions. (of course a lot of them just hide the fact that they simply hate Jews but I'm not talking about them) So now that every solution for peace has been tried and failed, as you have pointed out, its time for you to speak the truth by saying that the only solution left is to move the remaining Arab population to any other Arab country or ask the current Jewish population to move out. But there is no other solution and you should start being more honest about it.

As for the proposal of having Egypt and Jordan take control of Gaza and the West Bank, that will leave Israel with indefendable borders and ignores the unresolvable issue of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount. This is yet another escapist idea.

When you get a chance, if you haven't already, please read the book They Must Go by Meir Kahane. I would love to read your review of it.

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Daniel Pipes replies:

On the last paragraph: I disagree with Kahane for many reasons - moral, political, strategic.

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