Israel does not have contempt for democracy
Dr David Morrison (Write Back, August 26) claims that 'anyone who believes that Israel is a democratic state, that should be supported, is sadly mistaken [because] it has ruled over millions of Palestinians in the territories it has occupied by force since 1967'.
With all due respect to the learned doctor, this is nonsense. No country gives voting rights to aliens. So, unless he advocates that Israel annexes the territories he refers to, this certainly does not 'demonstrate a 40-year record of contempt for democracy, rather than a commitment to it'. The real tragedy of the Palestinians is that they are more concerned with destroying Israel than building a state of their own.
Any reference to apartheid would be appropriate if it considered that Arabs enjoy full citizenship in Israel, yet the Palestinian Authority demands all Jews be expelled from any Palestinian state.
MARTIN D STERN
Salford, Greater Manchester