If you mean it (The Jewish State) flaunt it

November 20, 2007

The Editor Jerusalem Post
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If you mean it (The Jewish State) flaunt it

The reason for Prime Minister Olmert`s recent insistence that the Palestinian Authority must recognize Israel as the Jewish State sounds somewhat strange.

One would have thought this was obvious since Ben Gurion and the signers of Israel’s Declaration of Independence (May 14, 1948) made this unambiguously clear, both in the preamble and in Israel`s founding charter.

The fact that Mr. Olmert has found it necessary to insist on this aspect in the run up to Annapolis reminds us (correctly) that the Arabs (Israeli Arabs included) have never accepted the unbreakable bond of Jewish citizens to Israel. Evidence of this can be found in the frequent speeches by Arab Knesset members who, on every possible occasion, repeat their preferred mantra, that “Israel is a democracy for all its peoples”.

Israel cannot possibly accept this insidious variation. We must continue to make it clear to the world that we live in Israel, The Jewish State. A good start would be to apply the full signage on all government buildings, embassies, consulates postage stamps, passports, stationery, legal documents, and all official communications. Let`s not forget the Knesset itself.

The sooner the better.

Jock L. Falkson

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