Fear of peace will be the death of Israel – Haaretz – Israel News

The right is terrified of peace. And, in the end, the right’s fear of peace will be the death of Israel.

They are afraid of peace, in part, because it threatens the core of what has come to replace other values as the goal of Judaism: permanent settlement of the West Bank. But that is only a part of it.

They are afraid of peace because they are afraid of the world. The right wants to wall off Israel as the world’s last remaining legally mandated Jewish ghetto. A place where all the rules are different, exit and entry, citizenship and human rights, because the residents within are Jews. A place where non-Jews, dehumanized as congenital Jew-haters, are rendered invisible. A place which, if suffocating and insufferable, still seems safer than the scary world outside.

It comes down to the kind of country the believer wants Israel to be. And for that reason, there is a civil war going on for Israel’s soul.

via Fear of peace will be the death of Israel – Haaretz – Israel News.

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