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Israel is a liberal democracy and the most developed country in the Middle East. It has also been ranked as the most progressive Middle Eastern country in terms of freedom of the press, economic competition, and human development.
Any destruction by the Occupying Power of real or personal property belonging individually or collectively to private persons, or to the State, or to other public authorities, or to social or cooperative organizations, is prohibited, except where such destruction is rendered absolutely necessary by military operations.
Israeli security forces killed 660 Palestinians in 2006 - three times more than in 2005, according to an Israeli human rights group.
B'Tselem, which monitors human rights in the occupied territories, said the figure included 141 children.
At least 322 had taken no part in hostile acts, the group said.
In the same period, the number of deadly Palestinian attacks on Israelis has fallen - 23 Israelis were killed in 2006 compared with 50 last year.
His speech was couched in flattering terms, our correspondent says, but it was also designed as a wake-up call to Washington, an implicit criticism of its lack of engagement in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
He said there was now a "rare and historic moment of opportunity".
He called for support for a Saudi peace plan drawn up in 2002, which offered collective Arab recognition of Israel in return for a viable Palestinian state.
"Sixty years of Palestinian dispossession, 40 years of occupation... have left a bitter legacy of disappointment and despair," he said.
Question 1: Do you admit that the Land of Israel was a concept central to Judaism since over three thousand years with Jews inhabiting the area since that time?
Question 2: Do you acknowledge that Hamas, the current Palestinian governing body, is widely acknowledged as a terrorist organization while the Israeli government is not?
Question 3: Do you acknowledge anti-Semitism and terrorism to be negative things which are detrimental to life and humanity?
Preliminary results give Hamas 76 of the 132 seats in the chamber, with the ruling Fatah party trailing on 43.
The win poses problems for efforts to restart peace talks with Israel, say analysts. Israel insists it will not deal with an authority including Hamas.
The political leader of Palestinian militant group Hamas has said it is willing to take a serious step towards peace if Israel does the same.
Khaled Meshaal told the BBC that Hamas would not renounce violence, saying resisting an occupation was legal.
But he said a long-term truce would be possible if Israel accepted conditions including a return to its 1967 borders.
Israel's acting PM said if he won next month's poll, Israel would retain West Bank settlement blocs and Jerusalem.
And there are, certainly, among the People of the Book (Jews and Christians), those who believe in God, in the revelation to you, and in the revelation to them, bowing in humility to God: They will not sell the Signs of God for a miserable gain! For them is a reward with their Lord, and God is swift in account. (Quran 3:199)
1.Do you acknowledge that in the late 30s, when Palestine was given 80% of the land and Jews only 20% of the land, that the Arabs wanted to deny them even those 20%?
2.Do you acknowledge that this land was gained after Israel had been attacked by arab nations?
3.Do you acknowledge that arab countries evictedaround 1 Million Jews after the creation of Isreal...jews which then suddenly became refugees?
and that their stated goal was to „drive Israelis into the Sea
4.Do you admit that the PLO (Palestinian Liberation Organization) was founded before the war (1967), before there were any so-called „occupied lands
(a goal still not removed from their charter)?
5.Why do Palestinians have more social, legal and political freedoms than most Arabs in many of the other Arab countries?
6.Do you acknowledge that Muslims control 99% of the land in the middle east?
The greatest figure of medieval Judaism, Musa ibn Maymun (Maimonides, 1135 -1204), was court physician to Salah al-Din and his son. He clearly found a freer environment in Cairo under the Ayyubids than in the Andalus from which he came. His Guide of the Perplexed, written in Arabic, philosophical interpretation of religion and other works in Arabic and Hebrew. His life a thought gives evidence of easy relations between Muslims and Jews of education and standing in the Egypt of his time.
7.Can you see that Palestine is being used as a pawnby arab countries to further their own agenda? (If not, I am prepared to offer documentation)
8.Do you admit that Palestine has been more than careless with the funds and donations received? (If not, there is plenty of documentation on this as well)
1.You say that Israel has every right to control borders of Palestine and restrict whatever it wants for national security. Why does Israel block the most essential services for Days on End?
2.Do you even grasp the concept why they voted this group (the Hamas)?
3.You say isreal needs most of the land for resources and water...cant Isreal purchase the resources from its neighbours?
4.You say the boundaries are still under dispute but are clearly labelled under international law. Does that mean nothing?
No as the Land was occupied by other tribes and people way before Israelites laid claim to the land
after taking the land Israelites lived on the land until what is now Palestine, for the last few thousand years. Concept for Land changes as the population changes,
He makes the implication that Palestinians are not inherently anti-semitic
Originally posted by bodrul
My opponents quotes but in depth and what they mean
I hopefully he will show more open mind then what my opponent had shown in his post on Islam where he promptly dismissed every source give.
He also Brings in my post one man’s terrorist is another’s freedom fighter and looking at his reply he is very frustrated that people might agree with that. Or is it because it’s accurate?
As you can see I didn’t say Jews didn’t live there for thousands of years but Jews weren’t the first people to own this land but was taken from them by the Israelites how history repeats it’s self. The Canaanites ring a bell for anyone the people that lived in Israel before the Israelites came and drove them out to lay claim?
My opponent finds it a joke that the Palestinians want their land back and that when they will stop fighting their fight.
My opponent says Israel is a shining light to Middle eastern countries but leaves out the segregation that people suffer in Israel where None Jews are treated badly.
My opponent now states how the media stirs Israel as evil and Arabs as angels.
I would like to present three sources which show Palestinians in a bad light and Israel in a bad light.
First the loss of land on the Palestinian side to Israel
The creation of Israel was a good thing for Jews who suffered prosecution under the rule of a tyrant
but that gave them no right to do what they are doing to the Palestinians these days.
As a nation that lives in fear and distrust of its neighbours will never have peace goes for Palestinians as well.