the Israeli attitude toward non-Jews often reflects that of the shtetl. Despite our power we feel threatened and endangered by the Arab population in Israel and around us. That is not to say that many of these feelings are not without cause.
However, one of the greatest challenges facing modern Israel is not to allow the Middle East conflict to transform Israel into the largest ghetto in Jewish history. We cannot allow the fostering of a Judaism which aspires to further alienate us from our neighbors and which permits racist and separatist ideologies.