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Jyllands-Posten - Denmark | Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The West must back Israel

The West has a duty to support Israel now, the liberal-conservative daily Jyllands-Posten argues: "Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East and is therefore measured according to the standards of a democratic constitutional state. The West sees Israel as one of its own and judges the country as it would judge itself. This is absolutely justified and basically an accolade for Israel. No one would dream of applying the same standards to Hamas. Hamas bears the stamp of a terrorist organisation. The West is pinning its hopes on Egypt, but it is not yet certain how the new government in Cairo will react. Since the Muslim Brothers came to power one must fear an increase in anti-Israeli sentiment. In other words: nothing new on the many fronts imposed on Israel. ... The international community has failed to stop the flow of weapons to Gaza, leaving Israel to fight its own battle. But we all bear responsibility for Israel."

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