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No reason for Israel to allow non-citizen vote

Your correspondent David Morrison (Write Back, March 9) asserts that "millions of Palestinians ... cannot vote in the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, which rules over them".

It is not usual in any country for non-citizens to have the right to vote in national elections.

So unless Israel annexes the disputed Palestinian territories, there is no reason why it should give their residents this right.

As it happens, the country has offered citizenship to the residents of East Jerusalem and the Golan, which it has annexed, and any resident there has the option to take it up and vote.

If they do not wish to do so, that is their prerogative, but they cannot then complain of being disenfranchised.

This is hardly "a form of despotism intolerable as any that exists".


From Belfast Telegraph