Gosh Mr. Yehoshua, are you saying that we can have no "national pride?" So, when the Israel national soccer team wins, we should not show any emotion? When an Israeli wins a medal in international competition, we should close our eyes to the event? Your arguments regarding the homeland of the Jews are absurd, to say the least. Are you telling us that the Jewish communities preferred not to come to Israel? Note Wikipedia's " Since the 10th century BCE Jerusalem has been the holiest city, focus and spiritual center of the Jewish people: "Israel was first forged into a unified nation from Jerusalem some three thousand years ago, when King David seized the crown and united the twelve tribes from this city... For a thousand years Jerusalem was the seat of Jewish sovereignty, the household site of kings, the location of its legislative councils and courts. In exile, the Jewish nation came to be identified with the city that had been the site of its ancient capital. Jews, wherever they were, prayed for its restoration." Roger Friedland, Richard D. Hecht. To Rule Jerusalem, University of California Press, 2000, p. 8. ISBN 0-520-22092-7" You can go to Wikipedia to read the rest of the "referenced" comments. You might also consider re-reading Psalms 137:3-9. After Yom Kippur & Pesah, we state "Next year in Jerusalem." I could go on and on refuting your article. The surprising thing is, toward the end of your article, you admit that the arabs have a similar dilemma as the Jews. But, I don't follow this, either. What you don't state is when and from where these arabs came. Maybe you forgot to do some research on this? Frankly, I expect to see better journalism on a major editorial.
Palestinian girl, 17, arrested in Old City of Jerusalem with knife in her bag (Haaretz)
from the article: Dividing the Land of Israel into two states is a moral imperative