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Losing Our Innocence
Today, Ariel Sharon will be elected prime minister of the State of Israel. And with that, it is reasonable to say, Israel has finally grown up. This is her Bat Mitzvah. Mazel tov! Now it is time for the serious chores of adulthood. As a nation state, she has ventured beyond the threshold of infancy. Fled are the days when it was beautiful to think of Israel as a Jewish country. Gone are the times when we could do nothing wrong. Vanished are the days when the Jews were toothless and threatened and the world's sympathy was strewn our way like cheap confetti. Gone - in the ineluctable smoke of army barrels.
is afraid of Palestine?
One might think that Israel's worst nightmare is the establishment
of a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza. Such a state
would endanger Israel strategically. It would impede Israel's
defense, especially during a ground battle. Everyone knows
how narrow the Israeli territory would be. Militarily, it
would be suicide. Or so one might be led to think. Yet nothing
could be further from the truth.
On Jewish violence
For the first time this Pesach, I had difficulty reading some
passages that recommend destruction of Israel's enemies. Perhaps
it felt wrong because it was too close to reality. Perhaps
history was repeating itself. It definately felt too close
A view of the task of Brit Shalom, 2001
The original Brit Shalom and its IHUD Party were on the whole
remarkably unsuccessful in obtaining their goals. This was
perhaps due to the fact that their goals were indeed too lofty
and that they failed to take into account the geopolitical
reality and the national aspirations of both nations. So what
are the differences between our approach and theirs?
Why Brit Shalom?
Why, one may ask, is there any reason to propose a "Union"
or "Federation" in Israel/Palestine? Why on earth
is there any reason to believe that this solution will be
successful? There is not even sufficient goodwill on either
side to ensure a separation, why propose such an intimate
approach between these two mutually repellent populations?
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