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January 19, 2008

Australian Provides Context on "Plucky" Israel

"The Australian" has published a remarkable piece by Greg Sheridan called "Deep inside the plucky country" (Jan. 19), on his impressions of Israel. Sheridan's piece offers a breathtaking survey of the tiny nation, noting Israel's great beauty and its remarkable diversity in people, culture, geography and even flora.

It also puts today's key political issues in historical context, noting, for instance, that the 1967 war began when "Israel was attacked by a coalition of its Arab neighbours," and that in the two places where Israel has unilaterally withdrawn from disputed territory, "the result has been disastrous," with "rocket attacks from southern Lebanon ... and now every day Qassam rockets are fired from Gaza at nearby Israeli civilian towns, especially Sderot."

Authored by Stephen A. Silver

Posted by LG at January 19, 2008 05:03 PM


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