It would be nice if we could display some more nuanced thoughts about this. I think both Jews in Israel and in diaspora can understand how/that this is a highly charged issue for everyone. For many (including me), being faithful to Israel means denouncing the actions that Strenger claims are tearing the Jewish community apart, not because I want Israel to be weakened, but because I want it to be a place I can be proud of. No one can deny that the problems are complicated, that the threats to Israel's security are numerous and serious, but the existence of those threats does not exclude the possibility that the actions of recent Israeli administrations have repeatedly crossed into the territory of dangerous aggression, blatant antagonism, and stubborn arrogance. And, yes, racism, justified or otherwise. (to say nothing of Israel's apparent disdain for the huge population of Jews whose Jewishness the state denies). Comments like Penny's and Howie's only demonstrate exactly what this article is talking about: instead of bringing Jews together, discussions of Israel increasingly serve to polarize and separate those who support Israel unconditionally from those who despair to see Israel violate the ethics they would rather it champion, but whose despair does not exclude an unshakeable belief in Israel's right to exist. If we cannot talk about this is reasonably and respectfully, without just setting up straw men to self-righteously tear down, who will?
- 12:43 PM
from the article: Israel is tearing apart the Jewish people