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    • 21.05.06 | 16:00 (IDT)

    I don't buy Gideon Levy's moralism as much as many Israeli leftists will and even Aharon Barak might. In rendering its decisions over the years the Israel Supreme Court has always related to the facts on the ground. Israel wants border rectifications on its Eastern front for security and has always said so. It was therefore once politically expedient to feed the settler's movement and now it is politically expedient to restrain it, but Israel's security in the face of unrepentant Arab and Muslim ideology is a fact of Israeli jurisprudence. That all human beings in all cultures articulate racist sentiment is more to the point Gideon. Your point that Barak is probably feeling guilty about it is likely valid. But we will only get to conflict resolution when the other side also feels regret for its racist antisemitic excesses or its concept of its self interest mandates the clear end of terror, or both. The general security rationale does not give blanket coverage to all acts.

    from the article: Barak's mail to Yale
    First published 00:00 21.05.06 | Last updated 00:00 21.05.06
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