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Submitted by Anne Julienne (Australia), May 13, 2016 at 00:25

Fran├žois, I don't think this is "racist". Every human community has certain beliefs and rules that guide it, as does every single unique individual! There is nothing wrong in questioning those foundations, especially when the community (or individual) is "sick" or in serious trouble, as clearly the non-Israeli ME is.

As a contrast, Israel has been "encouraged" and "supported" by seeing it as a perpetual victim, rather than as a perpetual child. Israel, in many ways, has risen above that restricted identity. (And it must, in my own view, hold on forever to at least a restricted aspect of that victim identity, for surely it has indeed been exploited in a way that the word "victim" best describes.)

Israel has not let itself be limited by the "victim" identity, and the local Arabs and Muslims (and the Christians in the wider world) could learn a lot from that.

Israel has also failed at times to rise above the victim identity, I'll concede this also.

Still, on this her birthday, my own judgment is that she's done well overall.

Very well, indeed.

Am Yisrael Hai!

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