Israel has forgotten its moral courage

Haaretz, June 16, 2013

For a very long time, I have been deeply concerned by the attitude of Israeli politicians and order cheapest levitra online buy discount viagra order cheapest levitra online citizens towards the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I have been equally concerned, both directly and canada meds viagra indirectly, about the moral quality of life, or civic morale, in Israel. For many centuries, the Jewish people all over the world have represented a great tradition of moral values. It was that tradition which gave the many different Jewish communities a common identifier; it served as an example of sensibility and canadian viagra online ethical behaviour to those non-Jews who were not by nature anti-Semitic, and played a pivotal role in ensuring the survival of buying cialis online Jewish culture. 

The other quality that served as a basis for Jewish survival was courage. It was in fact a combination of moral fortitude, civic courage and buying cialis next day delivery the drumtidam.info drumtidam.info inimitable Jewish humour that has kept Jews alive from the days of where to buy cheap cialis the Roman Empire until today. But as we know, any attribute can play different roles in different situations: Resistance of a Jew against his oppressors during the Spanish Inquisition, the Russian pogroms or the Holocaust was an expression of courage and inner strength. However, he disdain and order viagra in canada arrogance of an Israeli towards a Palestinian at a checkpoint today is www.zgnl.si a very different matter. 

In order to understand this important difference, let us remember that the Jewish population of Palestine a hundred years ago accounted for a mere 15 % of the overall population. The Jewish dream for independence on this land is one of where to buy cheap cialis the most beautiful dreams in history. But, as we know, dream and buy viagra china reality do not always go hand in hand. The land of Palestine was not empty and cheap viagra in uk the myth of buying generic levitra “a People without a land for a land without a People” is simply not true. What has happened since is history, and we cannot turn back the clock of time. But in my view, it is viag ra canadian chemist imperative to remember the www.austrinus.com past as something that has led to www.elcin-gelc.org the present and shop viagra buying cialis online shop viagra can give us an indication of how to achieve a better future. 

The military occupation and cialis no rx appropriation of Palestinian land cannot, in my view, be seen as anything but an expression of total disregard for the elementary justice that the Palestinians are entitled to. The world’s injustice and viagra india abhorrent cruelty to the Jewish people cannot be cialis in the usa cialis in the buying cialis online usa eliminated by, or compensated with, committing another injustice. 

This is the lesson I learned from great Jewish thinkers such as Maimonides and cialis woman Spinoza. Therefore, I believe it is the responsibility of Israelis to www.audrinc.com find ways to build a better future together with the www.austrinus.com Palestinians – either together, or side by side. But definitely not back to back. 

The recent events surrounding Natan Blank serve as an excellent example of the value of buying generic levitra precisely this civic courage which has unfortunately been forgotten by many. Thankfully, Natan Blank has been released from prison, having spent a total of 177 days there for refusing to join the army. While I applaud this outcome, I still maintain that the 177 days he spent in prison are 177 days too many. In other democracies, young men and find viagra no prescription required women are given a choice about the way they can serve their country and cialis 10mg society. But in Israel, which is democratic in other areas, the choice not to www.audrinc.com join the army leads to imprisonment. Ultra-orthodox Jews can cite their religion as a legitimate reason not to serve, yet Natan Blanc refused to use this as an argument as he wanted to www.zgnl.si disclose his true motivation. This example shows once more that the issue of www.elcin-gelc.org security has become a dangerous idée fixe in Israel, it is a highly politicised issue which paralyses the Israeli society. The fact that a young man was sentenced to prison for his conscientious objection to serve in the military shows that, unfortunately, present Israeli policies are not only more than unjust towards the Palestinians – they have also resulted in a deplorable decline in civic morale amongst Israelis. 

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