Some Questions for David Stolinsky
WHAT DOUBLE STANDARD?
Being an admirer of David Stolinsky’s work as it has previously appeared in the NEW OXFORD REVIEW, I am compelled to express my puzzlement with his article “‘Except Jews’: A Double Standard for Israel” (NOR, Oct. 2001). Several statements in the article provoke serious questions.
I was a specialist in Middle Eastern affairs for the U.S. Army some years ago, and while I’d certainly not call myself an expert, I believe I have enough knowledge to detect problems in certain of Stolinsky’s statements.
Statement 1 (by Stolinsky): “Many observers…seem to agree…that it is up to the Israelis to give up more of the West Bank than the 90-plus percent they have already yielded to the Palestinians, and in addition give up control of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.”
Question: How did Israel obtain the West Bank in the first place? Why is it considered occupied territory and not a part of Israel?
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