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December 28, 2006


1. Cook's statement that recognizing Israel's right to exist precludes a discussion of boundary issues is just wrong. Boundary issues would inevitably be part of subsequent negotiations.

2. It's undoubtedly true that Likud would like to maintain a Jewish majority in Israel. However, the implication that somehow some Israeli citizens have fewer rights than others is false. All Israeli citizens, regardless of ethnic origin or religion, including Israeli Arabs, already have equal rights.

3. It's dangerous, as you imply, to conflate religion with other issues. Most Israeli Jews are not particularly religious. For the majority, the issue is not about protecting their religion, but their lives.

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