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While I despise his political role and position in Israel,I think the only one who might have deserved it is Natan Sharansky. He took great risks to oppose the Soviet Union system.

"Dieu se rit des hommes qui se plaignent des conséquences alors qu'ils en chérissent les causes" Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet

by Melanchthon on Sat Oct 10th, 2009 at 02:57:20 PM EST
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Former MK Sharansky awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom

"Natan reminds us that every soul carries the desire to live in freedom, and that freedom has a unique power to lift up nations, transform regions, and secure a future for peace," Bush continued. "Natan Sharansky is a witness to that power, and his testimony brings hope to those who still live under oppression."

Q & A with Natan Sharansky

Why do you, born in Russia, believe that you have more of a right to live in the land that was once Palestine and is now Israel than a Palestinian Arab who was born there?
Jeff Blankfort, San Francisco, U.S.A.  

Natan Sharansky:
Jews came here 3,000 years ago and this is the cradle of Jewish civilization. Jews are the only people in history who kept their loyalty to their identity and their land throughout the 2,000 years of exile, and no doubt that they have the right to have their place among the nations - not only historically but also geographically.

As to the Palestinians, who are the descendants of those Arabs who migrated in the last 200 years, they have the right, if they want, to have their own state - in addition to 21 other Arab states - but not at the expense of the existence of the state of Israel.

Why is neither the Israeli left nor the Israeli right, neither non-Zionist Jew nor the traditional liberal parties, concerned with the fact that, in Barak's words, "There is no way to win an occupation"? If it is indeed the "security" of Israel that's at issue, why is it not of critical importance to begin discussions immediately on a binational state?
Vivek, Ithaca , U.S.A.  

Natan Sharansky:
We Jews have already been in this situation where there was no Jewish state to take responsibility for our people. Why should we be the first people in the world to dismantle our own national state.

"Minister of Illegal Settlements and Demolition"
Sharansky's Double Standard
Yuli Nudelman - Sharansky Unmasked   [Nudelman lost libel case - Oui]

"But I will not let myself be reduced to silence."

by Oui on Sat Oct 10th, 2009 at 07:05:50 PM EST
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