Is Israel’s left justified in suspecting that the diaspora leaders’ efforts to strengthen Jewish identity are coloured by the country’s rightist-religious Zeitgeist? If so, they will always exclude Jewish liberals. Worse, they will shore up an aggressive pro-Israel loyalism that denies the only feasible future for a Jewish, democratic Israel: sharing the land with a Palestinian state. Israel needs to recover its pragmatic Zionism. It cannot afford a governing ethos infused by a religious fundamentalism concerned chiefly with settlement, conquest and conflict.
I’d feel a lot better about sharing the land with a Palestinian state if I could be sure that the Palestinians weren’t just going to use the two-state solution as a stepping stone to shoving us into the Mediterranean.
- Israel: U.N. Vote Does Not A Palestinian State Make (lynleahz.com)
- How about one Jewish state, end of story (israelmatzav.blogspot.com)
- Israeli-Palestinian two state solution nearing ‘doomsday’ scenario (thestar.com)
- Khaled Meshal, Hamas Leader, Delivers Defiant Speech at Anniversary Celebration (nytimes.com)
- Palestinians Still Embrace Spirit of 1947 (commentarymagazine.com)