A State by Any Other Name


By Yvetta
October 14, 2010
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I've just read an interesting article by a Sydney lawyer, David Singer, who suggests that Israel should change its name. Here's part of what he wrote:

'Israel needs to introduce a circuit breaker – one that places the ball firmly in the Arab court. The Arabs can then decide whether to negotiate with the Jews or not on the final allocation of sovereignty in the West Bank and the acceptance of each other‘s right to exist.
Such a result can be swiftly and effectively achieved by Israel renaming itself officially as “The Democratic Jewish Republic of Israel” – or some other suitable name.
This would in one fell swoop create the appropriate description of the Jewish State and actually represent its innate character in the eyes of the world and its own citizens.
Ironically Israel’s bitterest Arab enemies and some of its Arab treaty partners have no problems in so describing the unique character of their own States in their official titles.
Some examples of those countries and their official names are:

■Libya - “The Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya”
■Jordan – “The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan”
■Syria – “The Syrian Arab Republic”
■Egypt – “The Arab Republic of Egypt”
■Iran – “The Islamic Republic of Iran”
■Emirates – “The United Arab Emirates”'

(Not a bad idea, huh?)

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telegramsam

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 13:40

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Smashing idea, luv…Except there are enough Jews in Israel who would either disagree with the "Democratic" part (Shas, Yahadut Hatorah, Ha'Ichud Haleumani, to name but three) or the "Jewish" part -- (Meretz, part of Labour and again Shas, Yahadut Hatorah and Ha'Ichud Haleumani for totally different reasons, since they would say that a Jewish state has to be halachic). So don't go there, you'll be opening a whole can of very unkosher worms.


mattpryor

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 15:59

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Thanks Yvetta, definitely food for thought. My only objection is that when I think of countries with the words "democratic" and "republic" in their name, I usually think "banana" should be in there somewhere too!


stephenb

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 19:15

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This Australian lawyer just isen't very bright is he ? Or maybe he played one game of Australian Rules Football too many .

" That would in one fell swoop create the appropriate description of the Jewish State "

complete garbage. I don't want to bore you with the whole of my 40,000 word thesis on Referring Expressions but...

Why should such a move discomfort anyone ? Names are MEANINGLESS, not part of language at all. Which is why Abbas's position has always been that Israel can call itself anything it wants and that a peace agreement would obviously encompass Palestinian,and by implication,Pan Arab recognition of "that state".

" The Democratic Jewish Republic of Israel " is a name not a description and there is a billion light years of difference between that and the description ( false description ) "Jewish State ".

Let Israel change its name.Nothing will change except Israel will look ridiculous for thinking that it would.

If we were to get real we would demand that Abbas recognise Israel as a state that,at the present time, is approximately 75% Jweish.


stephenb

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 19:19

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Mattpryor.... " when I think of of a state with the words democratic and republic in their names I usually think banana should be in their too "

KOFF


Dan Judelson

Fri, 10/15/2010 - 17:34

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There's an old political adage - which may be apocryphal but is demonstrably true nonetheless which states that the freedom, democracy and popularity of a state may be measured in inverse proportion to the number of times those kinds of words appear in the name of the state.

The demonstration? Look:

Democratic People's Republic of (North) Korea.

Stephen, if the pile of unread books on my bedside table was not so high, I'd be quite interested in those 40,000 words.


stephenb

Fri, 10/15/2010 - 20:18

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I understand so many unread books so little time. For a shorter version try Saul kripke's Namimg and Necessity As my visiting epistemology professor( from England so what the feck does she know ) scrolled over one of my papers...." plagiarising fenian bastard "


stephenb

Fri, 10/15/2010 - 20:21

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By the way Saul Kripke is not only the greatest living philosopher but both jewish and American. How painful is that ?

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