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Idealistic, but not realistic,
This review is from: A New Voice for Israel: Fighting for the Survival of the Jewish Nation (Hardcover)
A New Voice for Israel: Fighting for the Survival of the Jewish Nation
Ben Ami gives a brief history of the founding of Israel and makes a strong and passionate plea for a two state solution. This is what all recent Israeli governments espouse, though you wouldn't know that from the book. Ben Ami focuses on the rights of "Palestinians" not making any distinction between those who are citizens of Israel (too many of which form a fifth column) and those outside the green line. There is but passing mention of what happened when the IDF withdrew from Southern Lebanon and the Israeli presence in Gaza came to a total end. Infrastructure was destroyed by the Gazians and rockets aimed at civilians were the response from north and south.
How can Israel actually make peace with the Arabs? This is neither asked nor answered, though one might reasonably asssume that would be the theme of this book. Should Israel not be a Jewish state, one condition insisted upon by the Arabs? Should the wall come down? Is there some other way to assure the absence of suicide bombers sent by those who believe that Israel should not exist(e.g., the PA's new Hamas ally)? Not a consideration in this book.
Then there's the consideration of justice beyond just how the Arabs should be treated. There leadership insists that the area beyond the green line be "jundenfrei". What would be the reaction if the area west of the line were to be considered Arab free? As a matter of fact, nowhere is there any reference to any responsibilities the Arabs might have in the peace process.
Yes, a two state solution is the only viable solution. I am waiting for Mr. Ben Ami's next book with ideas of how to accomplish this without putting Israelis in more danger than they are now.
Mr. Ben Ami does make a very valid point. There is a need for dialog. No one should be silenced. If J-Street has something to add to this dialog they should be heard. However, Mr. Ben Ami's vitriol directed at what he calls "the right" isn't that much different from what he claims is aimed at "the left."
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Initial post: Feb 3, 2013 8:12:58 PM PST
Zinovy Y. Vayman says:
There are several Jewish nations (tribes). Right now.
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