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Thread #77771   Message #1391701
Posted By: Little Hawk
28-Jan-05 - 05:39 PM
Thread Name: BS: The Religious Left
Subject: RE: BS: The Religious Left
I want to qualify what I mean by "anti-Zionist" before anyone jumps on that and claims that it means I favour the destruction of Israel...

I do not favour the destruction of Israel, and I am in support of the continued existence of Israel as a self-governing nation, within the boundaries established in 1948.

I am not in favour of Israel's attacks and incursions on its immediate neighbours, I am not in favour of continued expansion of Israel's territory by war or settlement, I am not in favour of Israel's occupation of the Left Bank or Gaza or the Golan Heights or any part of Lebanon. I am not in favour of Israel's penchant for launching military reprisals against civilian populations. I am not in favour of Ariel Sharon's aggressive political policies. I am not in favour of what amounts to an apartheid policy within the state of Israel.

I am in favour of establishing a Palestinian homeland, and compensating Palestinians to some extent for the past 50+ years of land theft by Zionists.

I am in favour of cessation of all terrorist attacks by anyone upon Israel...or anyone else.

I am in favour of guaranteeing Israel's right to exist as a sovereign state within the 1948 borders.

I am in favour of any Israeli citizen (and there are many) who opposes the punitive policies of the Sharon government and seeks a peaceful settlement with Arabs and Palestinians rather than seeking further vengeance and retaliation.

I likewise am in favour of any Arabs and Palestinians who oppose the punitive policies of terrorist factions, and who seek peaceful coexistence with Israel rather than seeking further vengeance and retaliation.

I am in favour of those on both sides who would live and let live.

I do not regard that as being unreasonably idealistic, I regard it as being sane.