They Say/We Say: "Why does the Left protest when Israelis buy property in East Jerusalem?"

They Say We Say We know that pro-Israel does not mean blindly supporting policies that are irrational, reckless, and counter-productive. Pro-Israel means supporting policies that are consistent with Israel's interests and promote its survival as a Jewish, democratic state.

You've heard the arguments of the religious and political right-wing, and so have we. They've had their say. Now, we'll have ours.

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They Say, We Say: What About Jerusalem and Hebron?

They Say:

Why does the Left protest when Israelis buy property in East Jerusalem? It is simply religious and ethnic discrimination to argue that they shouldn’t be able to buy a house, just like an Arab can buy a house.

We Say:In a free, healthy real estate market, anyone should be allowed to bid on and purchase property, irrespective of their religion, ethnic background, or the like. But East Jerusalem is not a free, healthy real estate market. To the extent that a real estate market exists in East Jerusalem, and especially within the volcanic core of the city – those areas targeted by settlers, i.e. the Old City and its environs – it exists for all intents and purposes solely to facilitate the transfer of property from Palestinians to Israelis.