Do We Really Have to Ask God To Remember? - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
  • p.TextOutput { R static java.lang.String p.mt = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValuePolicy'; R static java.lang.String p.publicInterfaces = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValued'; R static java.lang.String p.beanClass = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValuePolicy'; RW java.lang.String value = '11'; R transient java.lang.Object _data = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.NumberInputPolicy'; },ModelStore=com.polopoly.model.ModelStoreInMap p.TextOutput { R static java.lang.String p.mt = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValuePolicy'; R static java.lang.String p.publicInterfaces = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValued'; R static java.lang.String p.beanClass = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValuePolicy'; RW java.lang.String value = '4'; R transient java.lang.Object _data = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.NumberInputPolicy'; },ModelStore=com.polopoly.model.ModelStoreInMap
    • Moshe Chertoff
    • 14.06.11 | 15:05 (IDT)

    If there is a God, one would hope that remembering our fallen soldiers would be one of those top agenda items. I doubt that we need to remind God to remember them. As we grow older and wiser, as a nation, it isn't a given that all the residents of the country will continue to remember them. This is Benny's second mistake. He got away with our border mess relatively unscathed. But his decision takes us one step closer to a theocracy and further from the democracy that many of the secular and religious citizens of the country hope for. The multiple meaning in "May the people of Israel remember" solves a few problems. That is, the English version, with a lower-case p (for people) includes everyone in the country. With an upper-case P, that would imply the race of the People of Israel, and would exclude all other citizens, yet include Jews overseas. In Hebrew, the distinction should be made between "ha-am b'Yisrael" and "Am Yisrael" (the latter meaning the Jewish People). I prefer the first Hebrew use. To use the latter creates a horrific exclusion, when we remind ourselves of the many Druze, Muslim, Christian, Buddhist, and other peoples whose people lost their lives in defense of the State of Israel.

    from the article: IDF chief rules in the name of God for prayer over fallen soldiers
    First published 02:13 14.06.11 | Last updated 02:13 14.06.11
Haaretz Headlines
Members of right-wing organization Lehava protesting.

Shin Bet: No basis to ban anti-Arab group

Defense minister hoped to outlaw Lahava organization, but Shin Bet finds no legal grounds to do so.

An Emirati F-16 at an air base in Jordan, Tues., Feb. 10, 2015.

Israel objected to arms sale to Gulf - U.S. official

Objection was voiced to Secretary of Defense Carter during his Israel visit last week; official says U.S. does not see Iran as part of the solution in the Middle East.

A candlelight vigil in Jerusalem for Shira Banki after her death was announced Aug. 2, 2015.

Time for the left to be more inclusive

Excluding potential allies like Naftali Bennett is a cardinal error in the struggle for LGBT rights in Israel.

Damage to a north London synagogue earlier this year.

Britain's CST: How grown-ups look at anti-Semitism

A new Community Security Trust survey on incidents involving U.K. Jews offers a sober and balanced perspective of the phenomenon, and bursts a few myths.