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Who are the extremists?

Op-ed: Norwegian citizen says it's time to confront anti-Israel activists with some tough questions

Andreas Fagerbakke
Published: 01.02.13, 11:50 / Israel Opinion

People who are pro-Israel always have to defend their opinions and are usually on the defensive. Now it's time for us to stand up and turn the tables.

 

Why do we always have to defend our opinions? Why must we always be on the defensive? Those people who call us extremists and want to push us into a corner, these people are the real extremists, but they are always let easily off the hook. It's time to stop defending ourselves and start being on the offensive. Let's confront those people who call us extremists with the following questions:

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Who are the extremists? Those who want the security barrier and all the checkpoints removed, which will lead to a wave of terror attacks against Israeli civilians, or those who want the barrier and checkpoints to remain in place?

 

Who are the extremists? Those want the naval blockade of Gaza to be lifted, which will give terrorists in Gaza more weapons and rockets (which will again lead to more war and suffering for both Israelis and Palestinians) or those who do not want the naval blockade to be lifted?

 

Who are the extremists? Those who want Judea and Samaria to be Jewish-free or those who want both Arabs and Jews to build and live in the area?

 

Who are the extremists? Those who want millions of Palestinians to return to Israel, a development that would practically destroy the only safe haven that the Jewish people have on this earth, or those who oppose such a radical idea?

 

Who are the extremists? Those who believe Israel should tolerate thousands of missiles raining down on its citizens or those who believe that Israel (like any other country) has the right to defend its citizens and stop the rockets?

 

Who are the extremists? Those who don't want Jews to live in certain areas of Jerusalem or those who want both Arabs and Jews to live freely in all of Jerusalem?

 

And yet we, who are pro-Israel, are painted as the extremists. Has the world turned upside down?

 

Andreas Fagerbakke, 25, is a pro-Israel online activist and a freelance writer for With Israel For Peace

 

 

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