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    • Walter
    • 07.02.10 | 06:48 (IST)

    1) The idealism of early Zionists was real and valuable. 2) The fatal flaw of Zionism is that those who tried to share their idealism were humans. Some other species might have carried it off. 3) The survival of Israel as a political entity depends on putting the idealism of Zionism entirely subservient to the values of Judaism. Israelis must be "Jews who would prefer their state to last" rather than "nationalists who would prefer their Judaism to survive". 4) Until Israelis accept responsibility for past mistakes, as Israelis (or Zionists), and not as Jews, they will not have national credibility. They will continue to be seen as a semi-delusional gang. 5) The utter lack of morality, on the part of Israeli leadership, is understandable in the context of "politicians are politicians". However, the extreme lack of basic Jewish moral values among Israeli leaders makes it difficult for anyone to empathize with their nationalist plight.

    from the article: Im Tirtzu hides behind respectable mask of 'Zionism'
    First published 01:55 07.02.10 | Last updated 18:23 07.02.10
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