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Sunday, May 02, 2004

Science and Life

As this dreadful day starts to wind down, I am heartened and comforted by reading Rick's Friday post at Jewish Current Issues, about the future or end of science. He relays a truly fascinating debate from a review of the book, The Fabric of the Cosmos. It's an excerpt that's well chosen and important. I read into it that we are always at this critical juncture, of end or no end, asking what understanding is within our grasp.

I was planning to get that book for my son, who is off to college in the fall, wanting to study Jewish mysticism and physics. The thought of his doing so reminds me that there is hope for the future; as surely as the future is moulded by the sudden and brutal murders of a mother and her children, it is also moulded by the living. We must do what we can while we're here.

Israpundit's Joseph Norland offers this perspective on the immediate situation, the day after, as it were:
How did we get to the point where an Israeli government can contemplate ethnic cleansing of Jews in parts of the Land of Israel, accept a "two state solution", and talk about "Palestinians" (without quotation marks)? How did we get to the point where Bush is considered the defender of Israel, when he is the first US president to threaten the free world with a "Palestinian" state? How did we get to the point where the hostility of Europe towards Israel is omnipresent and ubiquitous?

We, Israel supporters, must engage in a vigorous and urgent campaign to reverse these trends. We must, among other things, ensure that we explain the root cause of the Israel/Arab conflict: the all-consuming hatred and rejection by the Arabs of the West, of Jews and of Israel. We must purge our language of the enemy terminology - no more "Palestinians", for example, just Arabs living in Yesha. We must counter every enemy argument, and highlight the enemy's systematic campaign of lies, from Blood Libels to Jenin and al Dura.

Those among us who opposed the surrender plan were faced with the count-argument about the economic burden of Gaza. We must obviate this argument by increasing our contributions to Israel and by ensuring that we purchase Israeli goods at every opportunity. And those among us who invest, can find other avenues to support the Israeli economy and profit personally.

We must also present alternatives to territorial surrender and creation of yet another Arab state. We can, for example, support the proposal of autonomy for Yesha Arabs under Israeli sovereignty over all the former Palestine, a solution advanced by Benjamin Netanyahu in his opus magnum, Durable Peace.

We must not give up on EUrabia, difficult as it may seem. We must engage the people of that continent in dialogue until they see the light. Miracles do happen.
Miracles? Let's hope so. In the meantime, may Gd help us and protect us, and those we love.

Am Yisrael Chai.