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    • StevieT
    • 06.05.10 | 15:53 (IDT)

    This grim reality is adding considerable complexity to key political calculations in Israel and throughout the diaspora. Widely varying llifestyles, worldviews, levels of modernization, education, geographical experiences, etc., make it difficult for Jews to find a common spokesman. Even Elie Weisel as beloved and accomplished he has become, is too narrow politically for many of his brethren.. If a consensus on Peace and other weighty issues are going to be successfully acheived, the broad political chasms between our people need to be bridged. Reconciliation of these varied components need to start by finding their common grounds, the basics. Certainly,a free and viable Jewish State is something most can agree on. Strong military deterence, deep and respectful alliances with other free Nations are another couple that can find little argument. From these basic principles, dialogue should be fostered to decide how they can be best achieved in a way that is satisfactory to the broad majority. It is ironic, that the same is true for the other side Palestinians), and their success at reaching a similar consensus will be equally challenging and fraught with the same dangers faced by the Israeli side. Perhaps this is where the term; "Peace of the brave" fits in. In summation, throw away the sideshow and lifestyle issues and get the nationbuilding behind us. And, stop negotiating in the press by magnifying narrow opinion statements on broad political issues.

    from the article: The friend
    First published 01:26 06.05.10 | Last updated 01:26 06.05.10
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