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Poor Israeli policy

September 04, 2008

Re "Door shut on foreign study for Gazans," Aug. 31

Israel's siege of the Gaza Strip is a violation of international law -- it prevents food, fuel and commercial goods from entering or leaving; has pushed the population to the brink of starvation; and has destroyed the economy, causing massive unemployment and resentment.

But Israel's policy of not allowing Gazans the opportunity to study in foreign universities goes beyond violating law to sheer stupidity. By not allowing Palestinians to study overseas, Israel is preventing future moderate leaders to emerge and instead is assuring that radical leaders will emerge.

The United States is committed to being friends with Israel. To be a good friend, Condoleezza Rice and President Bush, as well as presidential nominees Barack Obama and John McCain, must make it clear to Israel that allowing students to study overseas is in Israel's best interest. It is in everybody's best interest.

Jeff Warner

La Habra Heights

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