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On one side are politicians like German Chancellor Angela Merkel, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, U.S. President Barack Obama, former Israeli welfare and social services minister Isaac Herzog, and religious figures like Pope Francis.The first group consists of those who consider democratic values to be more important than ethnic or national identities.According to this view, inclusion of "the other" – people from different countries and cultures – does not destroy national identity; it enriches it with new ideas and behaviors. On the other side of the divide are those who fear the other as a threat to national identity.It is no coincidence that Hungarian and Bulgarian policymakers have turned to Israeli companies to seek technical advice on how to build their fences.Members of this camp do not believe that dynamic civil societies can integrate people of different origins within open democratic settings, or that their countries can benefit from welcoming them. Nor does this camp believe in international conventions on the rights of asylum-seekers or the duty of signatory countries to take them in.
Barack Obama will visit an Israel caught in its own orbit
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