Israel Needs A Direction Founded On Unity - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • David
    • 17.12.12 | 13:30 (IST)

    Of course Israeli politics are stunted, at best. Where is the direction? What is the goal? We see today that the external threats mount, increasingly, and that support diminishes, also increasingly. This should be a clear indication that not all is well, that the current direction is flawed. There was a time, of course very long ago, when Israel was united. There was a time when Israel lived by a mutual guarantee, the arvut. In fact, that group of individuals who left ancient Babylon only became known as "Israel," when they agreed to live by a mutual guarantee, the arvut, to "Love thy neighbor as thyself." And while this has long since passed it seems apparent that is is what is needed again. It is needed for a few reasons: 1. The people of Israel are not united. 2. The people of Israel share no common goal. 3. Political and military efforts to diminish increasing threats and to rally support are failing increasingly. As a result, why not propose unity today? After all, the rest of the world needs this as well, just look at the Eurozone and their problems. But also, today through globalization we see that our world is interconnected and interdependent but unknowledgable about how to act under such conditions, unprepared. What better example then for the outside nations than for a nation, like Israel, to show a clear example of unity, not founded on self-interest, but founded on the love of others? So not only can a new mutual guarantee among the people of Israel unite the nation, it can also serve as an example for the outside nations. It can help to show that another way is possible in an interconnected and interdependent world, a way where interdependence is valued and not just discarded to everyone's detriment.

    from the article: Israel's leaders: No direction, and not looking for one
    First published 09:31 17.12.12 | Last updated 09:31 17.12.12
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