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Tuesday, October 07, 2003

In addition to Judt (see below)

In addition to Tony Judt's liberal intellectual rationale for dismantling the Jewish state -on the grounds of antifascism and modernism- we have others spreading cheer and good will:
* Richard Cohen in the NY Daily News, says that Israel's enemies are winning, Israeli despair is palpable and "the idyllic Zionist dream is in tatters." Answer is, of course, to abandon the settlements, always the settlements. Unlike Judt, who calls Israel a dysfunctional anachronism, Cohen asserts that "Israel has become virtually a dysfunctional society." Whatever.

* David Horovitz in the NY Times wonders, in print, "how much longer our [Israeli] national resolve can hold, especially when there is so little realistic prospect of improvement." Horovitz sees the same matsav, the same situation, that I do; yet he recommends that Israeli leaders make it clear that if a [reasonable] Palestinian leadership emerges, Israel will rush to join it at the peace table. Like they haven't been doing that for fifty years or so. AND they must "reinforce the rhetoric with proof" -- you guessed the proof: stop the evil settlements and the evil fence. Ironically, Horovitz ends by saying "we must try to end the hopelessness." I thought he meant Israeli hopelessness, but no: To end the hopelessness is "to persuade the mothers of Gaza that their children of something to live for." Only then, as a byproduct, will we "give ourselves the chance of something better to live for, too."

* Columnist David Ignatius in the Washington Post takes this opportunity to interview Hasan Nasrallah, head of Hezbollah, whom he describes as "smart, tough, inflexible on key issues -- and totally in control of his movement," a dangerous adversary for Israel but also a "credible partner at the negotiating table." Ignatius does admit that the interview was "a formulaic exchange in which the question and answer seemed to come from different moral universes," but his conclusion is that "amid the charred ruins of yet another suicide bombing, it is difficult even for a blinkered optimist to see any easy path away from the bloodshed."
What a bunch of unhelpful whiners. They would never have lasted forty years wandering in the desert. Come to think of it, no one did; HaShem waited for the doubters to die out and another generation to emerge. I hope that's not what's happening here and now.

In the meantime, where there's life, there's hope. And to tell you the truth, I find the most hope in the so-called "settlers," and their "hilltop youth." G-d knows, they're not whiners.
AM YISRAEL CHAI!