How to choose your battles wisely - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Alterman
    • 03.04.11 | 13:11 (IDT)

    Israel is strong in the international arena of diplomatic and legal affairs, and the goldstonean retraction will be helpful when we continue to fight the attempts to put our politicians and generals on trial. We will, again, show our legal system and our standards and so on. We will be able to ressurrect the atmosphere of facts, laws and constuctive reasoning when we work together with Washington, the UN and the europeans. This is very, very important work. But it is not about moving from black to white. Remember that many politcians and experts all over the world in fact supported us throughout the "Cast Lead-Goldstone-crisis". Now, we have a chance, again, to show that our words about democracy, rule of law, morality, ideals and standards were not just - that´s right - not just empty words. So - this is a important battle. But all the sentiments and hostility against us in the demonstrations will not disappear. The campaigns against Israel have nothing to do with facts, honesty, rationality, justice or constructive reasoning. Goldstone has no impact on the sentiments of all those that joined the heated demonstrations against Cast Lead and the operation against Mavi Marmara. The old and silly war between Pro-israelis and Pro-palestinians will continue. Why? Because fanaticism is a very strong force.

    from the article: Israel to launch campaign urging UN to retract Goldstone report
    First published 12:46 03.04.11 | Last updated 12:46 03.04.11
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