Strenger is right on the particular, less so on the universal - - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • ivo
    • 27.10.09 | 01:09 (IST)

    - as i've noticed he's been before. the issues he raises are interesting, not so much the way he deals w/them. as for bibi choosing a different direction v.a.v. the pals & reshuffling the coalition (& jews 'getting out of the shtetl') - an unreserved YES! but his 'philosophical' treatise is thin. i think most jews would be grateful if the world just treated them fairly & on a par w/everybody else, rather than taking lessons from them as the world's 'angels'. the world, just because it's globalizing, isn't necessarily right. if you look backwards it always knew how to end up very wrong! majority & an open society guarantees nothing. the great faiths are all thoroughly universalistic. indeed it was always a question of what k-i-n-d of universalism you got. it's not a given - just being universalist doesn't mean it's 'right'. if anything, what made our western world truly universalist in the first place was without a doubt the judaeo-christian tradition & worldview.

    from the article: What Netanyahu can give himself, and Israel, for his 60th birthday
    First published 16:56 26.10.09 | Last updated 16:15 13.11.09
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