Monday, July 07, 2014

David Horovitz gets it exactly right in his new article at TOI

David Horovitz gets it exactly right in his new article at TOI. Money quote:
"If we are to heal this nation, the killing of Muhammed Abu Khdeir must rid us of the illusion that we enjoy a distinctive moral superiority over our neighbors"
To that, I want to add something important, but also glaringly obvious.

Israel is "better" than the Palestinian entity in many, meaningful ways.

For example, no Israeli of any authority or credibility will advocate to release the six men who murdered Muhammed Abu Khdeir. His murderers may receive private recognition and adulation from ordinary citizens, but they won't get any civil rewards or honors. And so on. There is much more, as everyone honest and moral knows.

But as I said we know all this. It doesn't need to be restated at every opportunity. It isn't news to anyone with an internet connection or a newspaper and a moral compass. More importantly, celebrating our differences isn't the way to a solution. As Horowitz persuasively argues Israel starts to heal itself not by reiterating the things that do and should justifiably make us proud, but by recognizing the ways in which Jews and Arabs are similar, not identical, but similar. Neither community has triumphed over base and destructive human impulses and recognizing this is the way toward understanding 

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