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Submitted by David Koral (United States), Nov 2, 2010 at 09:34

I'm concerned about their statement that Israel is the "Western outpost in the Arab theater." Too many times, opponents of Israel have referred to it dismissively as the "fifty-first state." While the Freiheit Party's support of the Jewish state is no doubt well intentioned, I feel such a description plays into the hands of those who would claim that Israel's existence is part of some grander imperialist plan. While democracy is definitely the most precious thing Israel has borrowed from Western culture, Israel is too independent to be placed under the umbrella of other nations.

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