I happen to be an idealist, even if very often cynical and jaded. I realise that contrary to all rumours, there are Jews who are stupid, who are envious, who are cheap, who are uncaring, and even those who are criminals. Yet, my idealistic side tries to remind me that Jews gave birth to morality, to social awareness, to human rights, to rights of workers and of widows and orphans. Israel was founded as the Jewish state. The state, therefore, has an obligation to live up to Jewish values. Perhaps the most important Jewish value is the imperative to save lives. This imperative must be obeyed whenever possible. This imperative cannot be bartered away, or be subject to blackmail. If Israel denies the humanity of the enemy, then Israel will cease to be Jewish. Israel cannot be expected to love her enemies; but Israel must save the lives of those among them who have nowhere else to turn, and do it graciously.
from the article: Dying of occupation - a case of cancer and the Israeli right