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    • Saba in Kfar Saba
    • 15.04.13 | 13:11 (IDT)

    How stressful it must be to write a book, knowing that your carefully built reasoning may be proven baseless musing by the time the opus hits the shelves. Israel has moved, yes, but not in the direction the author posits; even Roger Cohen, of the NYT, admitted that. The general Jewish population of Israel has finally understood that peace with the Palestinians is impossible because the Palestinians don’t want peace and don’t want a two-state solution; at most, they want a one-state solution – theirs. So the only reasonable way out for us, the Jews in Israel, is to disengage by unilateral action, à la Gaza; and "mow the grass” as necessary for the foreseeable future, until fossil fuels become either obsolete or widely available (natural gas everywhere), and Arab influence and power are reduced to a magnitude commensurate with their overall contribution to humanity over the last 500 years. With the context out of our way, let us examine the relationship between the ishuv (Jews in Israel) and what used to be called the Diaspora. This is the contract so far: the Diaspora helps build and strengthen Israel, by material means and some voluntary aliyah. In turn, Israel (i.e., each one of us Jews here) does what it takes to survive in this shitty neighborhood and upholds the Law of Return. This has made the expression “Jewish Refugee” an oxymoron for the last 65 years. The contract never said “we in Israel will mind our words and deeds so everybody abroad loves us and Jews are liked by their neighbors”. Especially not when it comes to betting on our physical existence (the termination of which would be Very Bad for the ishuv, make the Law of Return a distant memory and rehabilitate “Jewish Refugee” as a valid phrase). One can argue till it’s time for the morning prayers about what Israel has done wrong and what it has done right. We do. But only those of us who hear the sirens wail are privileged to make these decisions – even the wrong ones. The late unlamented Arafat used to say: “And anybody who doesn’t like it, can go drink water from the sea”. And I say to Jews abroad: anybody who doesn’t like it, come over here, claim your citizenship –which will include hearing sirens – and vote.

    from the article: Israel poses a serious dilemma for Europe's Jews
    First published 09:18 14.02.13 | Last updated 09:18 14.02.13
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