The headlines this week reeked of déjà vu, reminiscent of previous confrontations and intifadas, as conditions on the ground in Gaza are becoming more and more similar to those that preceded the 2014 war.19:05 05.02.16 | 4 comments
Mr Ben Meir, you have not appraised the situation in a fair and balanced way. The state of Israel has been created at the expense of a Palestinian state. Israel holds power over the Palestinians. And the situation that exists is unjust. Like many Israelis, you seem to be saying: "We have to tolerate the injustice to keep what we want". Most right-thinking people think that justice should have primacy over state religiosity, itself an aberration in today's secular world. In Jewish statehood, the non-jew is by definition a second class citizen: hence, the accusation of apartheid. Far better (more just) to have a single state with democratic rights for Palestinians - and worry about the "jewishness" of the state later. It would take courage to do that, but the present situation amounts to oppression. The inability of many Israelis to see that is surely a most impressive example of mass brainwashing.