Earlier, mortar shells were fired into Israeli territory in apparent spillover from Syria war.12:12 13.10.15 | 4 comments
Thank you Mr Strenger for a bleak but clearly heartfelt analysis. Just 2 points I would like to respond to: 1) “And yet I hope that the Free World will stand by those in Israel who try to maintain its civil society, and to defend civil rights: scientists, artists, journalists and the many citizens who will continue fighting for a decent society here. We will need support and friendship to be true to our ideals”. Of course, fair and decent people throughout the world will stand by you and other brave and principled Israeli citizens, as we stand with Palestinian activists who have struggled at greater cost and in more restricted circumstances for many years. 2) “And finally Israel, despite its shortcomings, needs the Free World’s commitment to its safety in an instable reality, with some neighbors who share radical and destructive ideologies”. However Israel deserves no special commitment to its security, beyond that offered to any other state, certainly for so long as the fascistic elements in Israeli society are charged by the electorate with governing the country. Why should Israelis be more entitled to security commitments given by “the Free World” than Palestinians? Any “existential threat” Israel claims to suffer notwithstanding its massive military capability is a consequence of its Jewish citizens’ inability to contemplate a future in which Jews and non-Jews are treated alike. That destructive aspect of Israeli Jews’ psychology is only fed by security guarantees. My guess is that the rest of the world - apart from US politicians acting under duress – do not want to perpetuate your problems with our money, guns and blood. Nor should we.