31. Arab countries lack democracy

The extent of democracy in Israel is questioned in letters from Medhat Credi [21] and Alia Nassar [28]. Both letters cite Israel's Law of Return, which makes citizenship automatic for Jews requesting it. This statute favors the entrance of Jews to what is, after all, a Jewish homeland. In contrast, Israel's Arab neighbors have something that might well be called the Law of Exclusion. No Jew can live in or even enter most of those countries nor can even a tourist whose passport has been sullied by an Israeli stamp. Talk about democracy.

Be that as it may, it is a pointless exercise to debate how much democracy everyone has or has not. It would be more useful to direct energies towards living together in peace.

Betsey Aronson, Briarcliff Manor

May 24, 1991

For a rebuttal see [33]