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Middle EastUK woman: I wish I’d aborted my 47-year-old son with Down Syndrome
By Dan Calabrese
Sixty-nine-year-old Gillian Relf says not to judge her until you’ve walked in her shoes. And to be sure, that would be one rough walk. The son who was born 47 years ago with Down Syndrome has complicated the life of her and her family in ways she clearly never anticipated. It interrupted not only an anticipated career but also the simple family life she and her husband had envisioned.Why Should We Fear the Recognition of a Palestinian State?
More than twelve years after Israel’s rejection of the Arab Peace Initiative, and despite the fact that acceptance of this initiative in principle could pave the way to peace with the Arab world, the Israeli leadership still believes in the possibility of advancing this aim without recognizing a Palestinian state or taking concrete measures toward its establishment. However, it is doubtful that the “moderate” pragmatic Sunni Arab camp will agree to negotiate agreements with Israel without the onset of serious and purposeful negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, despite the hardships facing this camp along with its interest in (secret) cooperation with Israel in facing the threat posed by radical Islam.More on the Middle East