The recent statements of the Israeli leadership of accepting a Palestinian state only if it forfeits its right to have a military of its own shows how irrational the Israeli government is. It is a violation of the international law to stop any state from having a force for the defense of its realm. Israel it self is developing nuclear weapons and wants the poor people of Palestine to give up even the right of self defense? Can you think of anything more hypocritical than this? AHSAN RAZA FIRDOUSI, Karachi, via e-mail, June 18.