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    • Vittorio Antonio
    • 01.06.13 | 22:17 (IDT)

    This article discloses a number of insights regarding Natan Blanc. Starting with his grandfather’s history there is a lesson of conviction of belief and purpose in action. He leaves the U.S. to fight for Israel’s independence. He overcomes tragic experiences (blinded in battle in defense of the State of Israel) he courageously goes on with his life and his profession. His grandson is born into a family milieu that embraces a world view not limited to a narrow political framework. The home environment is psychologically open to embracing all people. We see a picture of Natan embracing an African child in Mozambique. We see him happy as a volunteer in a hospital. What prompts Natan to refuse service in the IDF? For him it is a moral question. During his development his conscience was universalized---he learned to see beyond the frontiers of politicized biblical exegesis and ideological formulas. His conscience is the greater part of who he is---the core of his existence. He has no enemies, but he is made an enemy of the state, and punished for not acceding to the state’s moral turpitude. Question: has Israel ever had a referendum on the occupation, and/or the settlements?

    from the article: Grandson of Americans is Israeli army's longest serving conscientious objector
    First published 09:00 01.06.13 | Last updated 14:07 30.05.13
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