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Many Israeli policies make no sense

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Submitted by Kenneth S. Besig (Israel), May 17, 2006 at 12:40

Just this week, the Israeli Supreme Court heard a case contesting an Israeli citizenship law which prohibits Israeli Arabs from bringing their Palestinian spouses, that is, enemy nationals, into Israel as citizens as a result of their marriage. The court split 6 to 5, affirming the legitimacy of the law, this in spite of the fact that the President of the Court actually wrote the minority decision that the law was discriminatory and a violation of human rights.

Israelis like me applauded the decision, because until this law was passed, over 140,00 Palestinian Arabs had received Israeli citizenship because they married Israeli Arabs, and many of these individuals have been involved in terrorist attacks against Jewish Israeli civilians.
So now, after the Gaza and Northern Shomron expulsions, which have brought missile and suicide bombing attacks against Israel, as well as the promise of further Palestinian terrorist violence against Israel, the new Prime Minister of Israel, Ehud Olmert, insists on making further unilateral withdrawals. Thus once again, even though it is obvious that any more unilateral Israeli retreats present a clear and present danger to Israel, the government seems bound and determined to carry them out anyway.

Much like the bizarre fact that for years Israel allowed enemy nationals, during a time of war, to marry Israeli citizens and thus obtain Israeli citizenship, we now have a Jewish leader who knows that his stated plan for withdrawal may well be catastrophic and yet is going through with it anyway.

LIke I said, many Israeli policies make no sense.

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