I have just posted items by Khalid Amayreh, a Palestinian, and Uri Avnery, an Israeli, suggesting that the demand that Palestinians recognize Israel as a “Jewish State” is a dodge to avoid real peace-making at Annapolis:

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This looks to me to be a dangerous suggestion in another way. All states make mistakes, particularly with security, conflict, and war situations.  To identify Israel as a “Jewish” state carries with it the hazard of identifying Jews generally with any errors or atrocities committed by Israel?  I certainly would not want the U.S. to be so identified with any specific religion — such identifications are anachronistic, dating back to the ancient world when nations were led to war by their g-ds.  I hope that wiser heads such as Avneri’s will prevail in this matter.

There is enough free floating anti-Semitism in the world without encouraging more of it!

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

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