All that you have is your soul (Tracy Chapman).

Monday, 10 July 2006

Real Politics

I’ve just watched a fascinating debate on an Israeli breakfast show. The participants consisted of the presenters and two members of the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, a Jew and an Arab.

The topic of discussion centred on the allegations that another Arab member of parliament advised the Hamas terrorists to kidnap Israeli soldiers instead of civilians. I am not going to comment on whether or not I believe these allegations to be true, however, one thing that did strike me was the fact that in the State of Israel, irrespective of your religion and background, you are never barred from becoming a member of the country’s parliament.

I have yet to see a similar debate in any Arab country, where Jews are forbidden from taking public office (if they are allowed to live in the country at all). Yet, despite all of the above, there are still a considerable number of people out there, who have the nerve to accuse Israel of being an Apartheid state.

Judging from what I saw this morning, nothing can be farther from the truth. The very fact that such a debate could even take place attests to what really goes on in the State of Israel. I suggest the Apartheid supporters take a moment to look at http://www.extratv.co.nr/ and click on one of the numerous links to the Israeli TV stations listed therein.

You don’t need to understand Hebrew to see a Jew and an Arab sitting next to one another in a TV studio, giving each other the time to present their respective arguments.

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