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One Cheer for Obama's Foreign Policy

Reader comment on item: One Cheer for Obama's Arab-Israeli Policy

Submitted by Burt Goldstein (United States), Oct 7, 2009 at 13:50

It would have been helpful for the article to respond to the Egyptian (and presumably Saudi) complaint that Israeli settlements are continuing to be built. It seems like a valid complaint. Is the article's silence is because readers of the site regard the validity of settlement-building as settled fact? (By way of pre-emption, a response that the Egyptians and Saudis are bad actors whose complaints will multiply as soon as one is answered, will miss my point. There may be reasons for stopping the settlements other than satisfying the Egyptians. Please also do not respond by ad hominem attacks - irrelevant though it is, I will state for the record that I felt a strong response against the Saudis than either Bush provided was warranted.) I thought there was a strong argument that the demographic issue cannot be solved by packing the electorate with more Jews, and therefore land for peace must be institutionalized before Arabs outvote Jews in Israel. Can I assume Mr. Pipes is interested in maintaining the level of democracy Israel has achieved?


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