We need to get to the root of the probem - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • David Prosser
    • 20.11.12 | 07:32 (IST)

    It is true that military might is not the answer. However, simply going to the UN, or taking other like-minded diplomatic measures, will also not work. Why? First, is the problem really that Hamas wants to attack Israel, or is that only a symptom of the problem? It is a symptom because as we can see there is a culture which has existed before Israel became a nation state which has not subsided in thinking that Jews are not to be tolerated and as we can also clearly see, many Arab organizations and states wish for the nation of Israel not to exist. So simply imposing some sorts of regulations, etc. will not solve the root of the problem: The culture of hatred towards Jews and the nation of Israel. So what can work? First, education is needed in order for these various organizations and states to realize that our world today is interconnected and interdependent. And logically, if I am dependent on you, then I harm myself if I harm you. If I kill one of yours, you kill one of mine, etc. Israel should also understand that this continued suffering she is undergoing is an opportunity, although not an ideal one, to now again take upon the conditions of the arvut, of mutual guarantee. This is necessary not simply to vanquish enemies, after all, Israel is also interconnected and interdependent with the world, so what will this accomplish? It is chiefly necessary so that the people of Israel will lead the world through example. More than ever in an increasingly interconnected and interdependent world, which is mostly ignorant of this and does not respect it, we now need to see the development of a mutual guarantee, where each treats one another, as a result of their ties, as if like family. Israel, due to its past, due to it once having a mutual guarantee in place, then stands in a prime position to now again agree to the conditions of the mutual guarantee and to disseminate this idea outward to the world. By this it should become clear that this is what is most needed in an interdependent world.

    from the article: Weaken Hamas through diplomacy
    First published 04:06 19.11.12 | Last updated 04:06 19.11.12
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