Israeli wall is unfair to Palestinians

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This month the world celebrated with great joy the 20-year anniversary of the collapse of the Berlin Wall. Recently, we returned from a trip to Israel and the former Palestine -- a very depressing sight, somewhat reminiscent of what we saw in Germany's past.

However, the wall we saw was not built to keep people apart, or protect Israeli citizens in Sderot from crude rockets fired from Gaza. Since there was one suicide bomber in 2006 and none since, obviously that is also not the real reason for the continuing construction of this wall, now 70-percent completed.

This concrete monstrosity measuring up to 26 feet high, follows only 15 percent of the Green Line, the internationally recognized boundary between the West Bank and Israel. It separates Palestinian farmers from harvesting their own crops; keeps most water resources for the Israelis; and confiscates prime agricultural lands.

We witnessed a huge military presence protecting illegal settlers and harassing Palestinians with constant roadblocks, etc. The number of new illegal Israeli settlements on Palestinian land shocked us.

One only has to look at a map to see what is happening there. The monstrous wall does nothing to promote peaceful co-existence or security for Israelis or Palestinians.

Israel: Tear down this wall!

William M. Johnson, M.D.

Marlene E. Johnson

Augusta

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JerryAtrick
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JerryAtrick 11/25/09 - 01:41 am
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Dr Johnson, I'd suggest that

Dr Johnson, I'd suggest that you stick with practicing medicine rather than political science or international relations. Hopefully, for your patients' sake, you have a better understanding of that subject.

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Riverman1 11/25/09 - 04:03 am
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Israel does have a dilemma if

Israel does have a dilemma if they want a two state solution. The Arabs may balk at creating a state if too many conditions are put on the type state it will be. They may simply say no to the conditions and decide to let Israel continue to rule them. Israel can't permanently subjugate what would be almost half its population.

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DovK 11/25/09 - 04:08 am
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This letter is mind boggling.

This letter is mind boggling. Yes, there were virtually no suicide bombers since 2006, precisely because of the security fence! Between 2001 and 2005 there were dozens of suicide bombers that killed hundreds of Israeli citizens. Since the largest sections of the fence, including the most densely populated areas of the West Bank, was completed, the numbers of suicide bombers is virtually zero.

Anyone who supports a Palestinian state has to support the existance of a national border. And anyone who supports peace has to support the single biggest reason that citizens are no longer being killed on a daily basis.

JerryAtrick
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JerryAtrick 11/25/09 - 04:17 am
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Well said, Dov. I figured

Well said, Dov. I figured somebody would handle the light work and provide a glimpse of reality to the good doc. His is a very typical perception from pilgrims who visit East Jerusalem and listen to the tales of woe from the Palestinian shop keepers trying to get the extra sympathy shekels for their "hand carved crosses made from ancient olive trees in The Holy Land". It happens all the time.

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Riverman1 11/25/09 - 05:10 am
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I'm one hundred percent

I'm one hundred percent pro-Israel. They are our greatest ally, but they do have a problem about what kind of Palestinian state is created. If it is not autonomous, the Palestinians may say they would rather stay as they are under Israeli control. Then what do you do with them? This worry has been postulated by many in the Israeli government.

JerryAtrick
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JerryAtrick 11/25/09 - 05:23 am
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The Palestinian areas in

The Palestinian areas in Israel are much like the housing projects in Richmond County. "Take care of us, but we demand all our rights to do/not do whatever we want". Think about it.....

TrukinRanger
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TrukinRanger 11/25/09 - 05:34 am
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Britain is our greatest
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Britain is our greatest ally... Israel is America's largest welfare recipient.

nofrills
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nofrills 11/25/09 - 06:02 am
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The Palestinian have cause so

The Palestinian have cause so much destruction in Israel in the name of some guy called alluh? Now the world is suppose to just forget the past and say let by gones be by gones and come enjoy the fruits of our labor while all you did was fight among yourself and blow things up. Oh wait if Israel wont control us we will let Hamas but we wont do it ourself. Get real doc!

overburdened_taxpayer
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overburdened_taxpayer 11/25/09 - 06:21 am
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Palestinian rockets are

Palestinian rockets are unfair to Israelis!

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 11/25/09 - 06:28 am
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The wall can't stop the

The wall can't stop the rockets, but the number of suicide bombers has fallen off. This was the initial purpose of the wall. Your LTE is as politically ignorant as any I've seen. I'm guessing you two are Democrats. If not, you sure qualify.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 11/25/09 - 06:34 am
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Isn't this where

Isn't this where JohnHatesAmericaCain comes on to display his very special mental powers?

JerryAtrick
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JerryAtrick 11/25/09 - 06:40 am
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LOL cliff! Please do not

LOL cliff! Please do not invoke the name......

Yosemitesam
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Yosemitesam 11/25/09 - 06:50 am
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If ever there were an

If ever there were an argument for a wall separating a peoples, the Israel, Palestine wall would be one. Israel has practiced the patience of "jobe" in the overall handling of a neighbor who consistently tests the waters for more avenues to attack. The good doctor here either does not understand or chooses to ignore the fact that the Palestinian people, who adhere to the Iranian mantra of wiping Isreal off the map. With that being said, If I were the leader of Israel, I'd just go ahead and eliminate the need for further worry of rockets and suicide bombers by placing some well aimed Nuclear devices in the desert. Better to deal with a big hole in the ground than a neighbor who has sworn to kill you at the first chance.

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Fundamental_Arminian 11/25/09 - 06:52 am
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The letter-writers ignore the

The letter-writers ignore the many rockets that Arabs regularly shoot into Israel, often at families, including women and children. While the wall between Israel and the Arabs pretending to be Palestinians remains a barrier to suicide bombers, it can be used as a bargaining chip in peace negotiations. Why should Israelis make themselves even more vulnerable to people who have vowed to push them into the sea? Besides, as is evident from history, the so-called Palestinians are actually Arabs pretending to be Palestinians and making false claims to the land of Israel. Yassar Arafat himself was a native of Cairo, Egypt. Israelis, our nation's most loyal allies, needs to stand strong and trust God since our nation likely will betray them.

JerryAtrick
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JerryAtrick 11/25/09 - 06:59 am
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Arminian - I think Hillary

Arminian - I think Hillary and Baarack have made it quite clear that is their intention. Fortunately, Israel just thumbs their nose and laughs and says "NO" like the rest of the world is doing to our pretender in chief.

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Tigger_The_Tiger 11/25/09 - 07:15 am
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Ok Cain..........directly on

Ok Cain..........directly on topic so you can't dodge the question with THAT excuse. like you usually do. Why do you feel Israel has no right to exist, but you are ok living on land that your ancestors stole from the natives. You may now start ignoring the question again.

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 11/25/09 - 07:27 am
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The US needs a wall on the

The US needs a wall on the southern border now. Israel is an example we should emulate!! Stop the illegals, then require every ablebodied person on public assistance to do the work the illegals would do or get a job and get off public assistance.!!!

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justus4 11/25/09 - 07:38 am
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Wow! A letter was printed
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Wow! A letter was printed that addresses a profound issue, but will be twisted into something against Israel. Just review the comments. The good doctor is extremely accurate in his observations, but such views are rarely printed. Further, Israel is in violation of UN Resolution #242 which is always ignored. (Iraq was invaded because it refused to comply with a UN Resolution) Why the different treatment? Israel agreed to stop building settlements, but continues to build them. They want to attack Iran which would set off a chain of events that would put the entire area at risk. If they act so reckless, the US military will be forced to sit on the sidelines. Palestinians deserve their own state, but the settlements must stop along with the right of return to all Palestinians.

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SoonerorLater 11/25/09 - 07:39 am
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We need to buy the blue print

We need to buy the blue print from Isreal for their wall. Maybe we should hire their contractors to build our wall. I find it so ridiculous that our politicians voted to build the wall, then do not fund it. They are playing games with America's security and safety. This is why in the Health Care bill that hundreds of millions of dollars have been allocated to set up offices in Hispanic neighborhoods with interpreters to speak Spanish so the Hispanic community understands the Bill and knows what is available. HOLA, they came to America, learn the F@$%&ing language!!!!

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southernguy08 11/25/09 - 07:40 am
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Since when does being a
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Since when does being a physician make you an expert in national security? I've been to Israel many times doctor, and have seen firsthand the bloodthirsty Palestinian attacks on innocent Israelis. Let's see YOU live there without the wall of protection. It's a little different when you have to face that danger everyday. Don't want to move there, eh Doctor Johnson? What a surprise. And COLDBEER, DOV, great posts!

Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 11/25/09 - 07:45 am
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They want to attack Iran!?

They want to attack Iran!? Justus4....are you aware that Iran has vowed to wipe Israel off the map? I can't imagine why they would feel threatened by that......especially since Iran is busy making nuclear weapons and testing missiles to deliver them.

AWyld1
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AWyld1 11/25/09 - 08:03 am
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Well since we have heard from

Well since we have heard from the biggest racist that posts here daily I would say cue the biggest hater of America next.....Cain?

sojakpelfree
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sojakpelfree 11/25/09 - 08:11 am
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Johnson if you had suicide

Johnson if you had suicide bombers trying to sneak into your yard and blow your house up everyday, wouldn't you build a wal? Isreal, build it strong!

Ga Values
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Ga Values 11/25/09 - 08:26 am
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I personally don't care about

I personally don't care about the middle east mess, neither side really wants peace. I do care about the $4 Billion we give Isreal, the $2.5 Billion we give Egypt and the $2 Billion we give Jordan. This is money we don't have and have to borrow from China and the Arabs.

Runner46
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Runner46 11/25/09 - 08:43 am
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Israel needs the wall to

Israel needs the wall to control the Muslim zealots from Palsistine. Those terrorists have no respect for borders or other religions. A country does have a right to defend itself from attack. The Israelis have been very restrained in their approach to these attacks. If it was a Muslim country, Israel would have wiped out Palistine long ago.

Roeschen
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Roeschen 11/25/09 - 08:43 am
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Obviously, Dr Johnson, the

Obviously, Dr Johnson, the wall is doing exactly what it is supposed to do. Protect the Israeli citizens from the constant barrage of Palestinian rocket attacks and suicide bombers. In fact, I believe we should be learning from the Israelis - they are surviving in a very violent part of the world. They are surrounded by Muslims who have vowed to wipe them from the face of the earth. Does this sound remotely familiar? They have built a wall to protect them - something we should be doing along our southern border. But for some reason the democrats protect the illegals and promote their osmosis into our country. Future democrats in the making.

AWyld1
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AWyld1 11/25/09 - 08:47 am
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Illegals mean votes Roeschen.

Illegals mean votes Roeschen. Dem's have never seen an illegal voter they didn't like....ask ACORN.

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dashiel 11/25/09 - 09:11 am
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And just how many of you

And just how many of you parrots have visited recently? What is practiced there more closely resembles apartheid than our own misguided "efforts" along the Rio Grande. It was the Palestinians who were originally dragged off their own land. We don't understand their position and don't want to. They do not operate a massive lobbying/propaganda machine in this country (Israel does).

Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 11/25/09 - 09:15 am
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Hmmmm, dashiel..... Are you

Hmmmm, dashiel..... Are you going to cede your property back to the Natives or just be a hypocrite and expect Israel to leave? And just when was there a nation called Palestine?

sojakpelfree
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sojakpelfree 11/25/09 - 10:29 am
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dashiel, I've been there

dashiel, I've been there dashiel--also to syria, egypt and jordan, have you?

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