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Reader comment on item: Ariel Sharon's Folly

Submitted by Joseph (United States), Apr 5, 2005 at 19:59

I don't believe that Sharon has "wounded Israeli democracy" by ordering the removel of Israeli citizens from Gaza. Two points: first, you fail to mention that there is in fact a precedent to removing Israeli settlers from their homes: Israelis were removed from the Sinai Peninsula as a result of the Camp David Accords with Egypt. I realize that this removal occurred under different circumstances than the current one, but you hurt your argument by failing to address this fact. Furthermore, while Sharon may be betraying his own constituency by removing the settlers, the majority of Israeli citizens do support this move. The goal of representative democracies is for the elected officials to represent the views of the people through laws. Far from "wounding" democracy, Sharon is acting in line with democratic principles.

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