Responses to Michael Dahan's
The Janus Face of Israeli Democracy
As much as Mr. Dahan may find a lack of true soul searching on the part of
Israel to understand and hopefully sympathize with the Palestinians, I find
the same lack on the part of the Palestinians to understand and sympathize
with Israel. In fact, I find that every criticism and accusation in this
entire article could easily be turned around and pointed in the direction of
the Palestinians as well. For example, Mr. Dahan asks, "Why have no Israeli
Jewish leaders spoken out and condemned acts committed by Jewish rioters
against Palestinian Israelis throughout Israel proper (Nazareth, Tiberias,
Acre, Jaffa, and Jerusalem)?". Has he asked the question why have no
Palestinian leaders spoken out and condemned acts committed by Palestinian
rioters against Israelis?
If Mr. Dahan sees a Janus face in Israeli democracy then I ask that he take
an honest look at the not-so Janus face of Palestinian leadership. I invite
him and anyone else to read the following transcript from a Palestinian
Authority broadcast, the parallel of which I could never find in my wildest
fantasies from any Jewish or Israeli leader, secular or religious.
Bruce Burger, Los Angeles
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