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    • Gideon Sylvester
    • 14.08.13 | 08:54 (IDT)

    Dear reader, Thank you for taking the trouble to read my article and to comment on it. To clarify some of the issues you raise - I fully respect the pragmatic arguments of some right wingers / Likudniks who share your fears of Arab attacks on the State of Israel. I think they have a good case which must be listened to and heeded. Incidentally, I consider Menachem Begin's "The Revolt" to be one of the formative influences on my thinking. There is however a world of difference betweent Jabotinsky and Mencahem Begin's Zionism and some of the racist positions / bills which I criticise. These were in fact opposed by classic Likudniks such as Benny Begin, Dan Merridor and Ruby Rivlin all of whom I respect enormously. As far as being the Chosen people - See Isaiah 42: 5-7 and Amos 3: 1-2 You will see that the Prophets saw this not as a role of privilege, but as one of responsibility to make the world a just, ethical, spiritual place. See also the Sifre - Devarim 96 where Rabbi Yehudah suggests that our status as "Children of God" depends on our behaviour. , I write as an Orthodox rabbi preccisely I believe our people are charged with the responsibility of being an oustandingly moral nation and I want us always to live up to that - even though I appreciate, as you point out, that we face some very difficult challenge and some implaccable enemies. Finally, in case it is not yet clear, I certainly believe in the right of the Jewish People to a State, that is why I made aliya and live very happily in Jerusalem. With warmest wishes Gideon

    from the article: Caring for Israel’s minorities: a Jewish imperative
    First published 20:41 12.08.13 | Last updated 20:41 12.08.13
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