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'Kahane Effect' in Israel

October 30, 1988

You may have a point when you write that the proposed policies of Rabbi Meir Kahane ("The Kahane Effect," editorial, Oct. 21) are so contrary to true democratic ideals that the Israeli government is justified in banning his Kach party from the government.

You may also be right when you say that Kahane has not brought out the best in some of the Israeli populace.

But your editorial fails when you once again, never to miss a chance, point a finger of blame at how Israel is handling the Arab uprising.

I don't believe anyone, including Israel, is proud of what is occurring in the West Bank. But who has a better method of dealing with these riots? Does the editorial board of The Times possess such wisdom?

Unfortunately, like so much of the world, The Times just can't understand that Israel has only two alternatives: to control the rioting as best it can, or give the Arabs what they truly want, the occupied territories--and ultimately all of Israel--back. There is no middle ground.

Return of land would be a viable option if it could be translated into a true and lasting peace. However, we all know--even if we won't admit it--that return of land will not bring peace, just better position from which hostile Arab nations can launch yet a sixth war on the Jewish state.

Israel may not be the most popular country today. But it is not fighting to win a popularity contest. It is fighting for its life.

HARVEY A. FARR

Los Angeles

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