We are a people who lost our freedom some 2000 years ago and began to reclaim it only 60 years ago after losing 1/3 of our people to the european gas chamber industry and the muslim second class status societies. So what does Levy want? We Israelis all want a homeland where jews can be safe, a refuge for any jew, a place where we can begin to normalize our people and develiop all the incredible latent and patent talents which we have. We all want to be accepted by our neighbors or at least left alone and not constantly attacked. We want our religous and historical rights to the land of israel respected (though some of us are willing in pain to waive some of those rights if it is the price of true peace and tranquility). We are torn asunder by the question of the place of 2000 years of jewish religious tradition, what kept us alive for that period, but which in its current haredi format is strangling us as a modern society. hard to find the balance. But put into perspective of time and circumstance, as important as a solution is, levy's portrayal of disaster is so over the top that it is pathetic. he should develop a little love and empathy for his own people (just a fraction of what he has for our enemies) and realize that as a work in progress we are still nothing less than a miracle. Look at all that we have accomplished in medicine, technology, nobel laureattes, the arts, science, math, theatre, agriculture, industry, self defense, torah learning, secular humanistic judaism, the culinary arts, humor, universities, etc. etc. etc. Compare that to our surroundings with all their wealth and land mass and population. Comnpare us to any country that is less than 100 years in existence. We have plenty to do and hopefully ten millenium to do it. But every israeli can stand proud and strong as part of this enterprise and its acomplimshments and future potential.
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