Yael Patir, Israel director of the left-leaning U.S. Jewish body, sat down with Haaretz to talk about Trump, the gap between U.S. and Israeli Jews, and the growing anger at the Israeli peace camp. Though she concedes boycott efforts by some on the left have a negative effect, she rejects calls to keep peace efforts local.01:12 01.05.16 | 2 comments
You wrote: I would suggest however that Zionism, religious fundamentalism and the settler movement has done more to destroy Israel`s standing in the world than that of the ancient history you cite. Zionism, my friend, is the national independence movement of the Jews. Just as Montenegro, only last week, decided to be an independent nation, the Jews have dreamed for 2000 years to be again independent in their own ancestral country, which they governed for 1000 years. Their rights my friend were recognized by the Balfour declaration, by the League of Nations, and in November 1947 by the UN Who are you to deny, only to the Jews, their right to independence? You, my friend, even if you consciously deny it, are heir to all those "ancient" (actually not so ancient) doctrines that saw the Jew as not being quite equal to other nations.