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Palestinians' dignity - Ilya Shlyakhter (notestaff) - letters to editors
October 20th, 2006
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Palestinians' dignity
A Palestinian Path

Re “Abbas Threatens to Dismiss Hamas Government” (news article, Oct. 18):

When the Palestinians elected Hamas, they hoped that it would bolster their dignity by talking tough to Israel.

Instead, it has painfully exposed their lack of self-sufficiency. A permanently outstretched hand is not a dignified pose, no matter how fierce a face you make.

The only dignified route is to work toward self-sufficiency using all available means — recognition of Israel included.

Only recognizing Israel and using foreign aid to build a self-supporting society will give Palestinians true dignity.

This would not be a surrender of their rights, but a recognition of their responsibilities.

No decent person would disrespect the Palestinians if they took this route.

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Date:October 1st, 2008 02:46 pm (UTC)

Water Rights

The land is essentially desert and getting water rights is key to further Palestinian development. What do you think about the sharing of the River Jordon.

Ben Franks

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