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It's time Israel walked the talk on West Bank

Martin D Stern (Write Back, August 29) must surely realise that a state that subjects millions of people to military rule and denies them voting rights cannot be called a democracy. That's what Israel has been doing to Palestinians in the West Bank for the past 44 years.

To merit being called a democratic state, Israel needs to: (a) withdraw from the territories it has occupied since 1967 and allow a democratic Palestinian state; or (b) accord democratic rights, including the right to vote in the Knesset, to everybody living in the occupied territories and Israel.

Israel's PM Benyamin Netanyahu, told the US Congress: "What the people of Israel want is for the people of the Middle East to have what you have in America, what we have in Israel - democracy." Netanyahu should put his money where his mouth is.

DR DAVID MORRISON

Belfast

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