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 | 4 comments
"broader Israeli narrative that creates a collective space" That sound's nice and multicultural. Now let's see some practical implementations described. How do you address an Arab-Israeli member of Knesset who demands that the Star of David be removed from the Flag of Israel? Or that Hatikva be swapped out as the National Anthem? Or that armed-struggle against Israel is legitimate? In democracies there are always people testing the boundaries of the democratic process, which is a good thing, I suppose. Don't expect the soothing talk of a Heideggerian "clearing" where all narratives can "reveal their inner truth", to stop some people from ratcheting up the rhetoric all the way. And the noisemakers are the ones that always garner a political following. Democracy is always rough-and-tumble, because the substrate of democracy is human nature. Understand this.