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Two ways of looking at Israel’s faults

The report that victims of a Jewish terrorist in Israel were not entitled to the same compensation as victims of a Palestinian terrorist produced predictable Israel-bashing from the usual suspects.

But in fact it is an unfair policy that ought to be changed, as Prime Minister Ariel Sharon appears to agree.

As with many issues involving Israel, there are at least two ways to look at it:

One is to leap gleefully on every failure– real, imagined or exaggerated– as evidence of the country’s inherent and unique wickedness.

Another is to look at the facts, recognize genuine cases of injustice, and call for changes that will make Israel a better, fairer country– without compromising its right to exist as the one place in the world which Jews can count on as a homeland and, if need be, a refuge.

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