The ‘what will they say’ ethos – Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

“Even the deportation of one single child will cause diplomatic and international damage to Israel,” Defense Minister Ehud Barak has said. We have already heard similar statements but Barak’s formulation is especially deterring: That particular, one-time child, known to us from the humanist discourse and poet Natan Alterman’s morality poetry, becomes a brief algorithm in the calculation of the new Israeli morality’s damage control – the ethos of “what will they say.”

It appears the defense minister and his partners in the claim are convinced Israel has lost all its moral credibility in the eyes of the international community. In their view, all that remains is the image consideration.

via The ‘what will they say’ ethos – Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News.

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