בתשובה לניתאי ארטנשטיין, 11/01/01 1:52
US point of view 14290
)First of all sorry about the English, I don't have a Hebrew keyboard...(

Whenever something happens in the Middle East everyone around me )I live in the US( starts talking about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Almost everyone here is is somewhat "Pro-Palestinian", so I am always in the minority, and it is always an uphill battle to explain to them that Israel is not a horrible country. You have CNN in Israel, so you see how they make you look.

I used to tell people: "listen, I was born there,I know a lot of people there who are in the army. They would never do such a thing! It's a humane army, only defending Israel, never intentionally hurting innocent civilians."
Now, its not that I'm so naive to think that *nothing* horrible ever happens, but I thought that, for the most part, the army tries to keep to the moral high-ground, as much as is possible under difficult circumstances.

This story not only makes me sick, but makes me question why I should stand up for Israel and Zahal when I tell Americans about the Middle East.

I think if Zahal loses its humanity and its morality, Zahal has already lost the war. All the intelligence and "mipuy" in the world won't be able to save it.

This war is different than the Six Day War and Yom Kippur. This is a war against civilians )no matter how much they want to harm Israel(.
Thus it is not a "winnable" war.
The problem is, even though there's no military solution to the war, it seems lately that there's no political one either. There is no compromise, because Arafat doesn't want one. So if Israel can't win the war using force, and can't compromise because the other side isn't interested in compromise, all that remains for Israel to do is defend itself, while at the same time keeping its humanity and its morality as the *cornerstones* of this defense effort. And I don't think there has to be a conflict between a strong defense and strong morals. On the contrary, a strong defense comes from having the moral conviction that your way is the right way, that even though you are facing adversity you are able to keep your humanity intact, and that when all is said and done, you shall prevail.


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