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    • Ussishkin
    • 11.11.09 | 13:30 (IST)

    The existential threat Leibler describes feels very real to those of us living here, but he fails to recognise that there is as great a threat - from the inside. He is a member of the Nay-sayers club of Israel, lead by Netanyahu and Lieberman and his rhetoric, like theirs, blinds and deafens him. The late Yitzhak Rabin concluded that Israel could not forever live by the sword; but he was lead there by a process of negotiation already under-way in secret between Israelis and Palestinians and the Israelis were precisely those Leibler now wishes to exorcise. Their echo is in JStreet whose conference I was privileged to attend. There was little sign of the Israel-bashing or Jewish self-loathing Leibler rants about. Instead there was for the first time in years a sense of optimism. Leibler and his AIPAC friends have had it too good for too long and we have been denied peace as a result. One way to achieve it is to cease our internal denial. It is corrosive.

    from the article: Response / On 'exorcising' Israel bashers from the Jewish mainstream
    First published 09:37 10.11.09 | Last updated 08:10 11.11.09
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