At the risk of having a rocket head my way, Uri Avnery’s recent piece, The Bed of Sodom, encourages me to speak out candidly about my own perspectives on contemporary Israel.  There is a background here that is my own foundation.  I was a child of WW2 and horrified by the Holocaust.  I have fought anti-Semitism where I have found it ever since.

However, as one who follows events in contemporary Israel, one cannot but despair that that this theocratic state, as so many do,  is betraying its own ideals.  Where is the social responsibility that Zionism manifested at its inception?

How can Israel be involved in so many high level scandals on the part of its leaders, ranging from sexual abuse to financial crookery?  The easy answer is that Israel, as the U.S., has been captured by its money interests.  Will it escape these pernicious influences and return to the Zionist ideals upon which it was founded? We shall see.  However, at the moment Israel looks to be crippled by its various interest groups — cultist settlers who wish to return to a Heilgeschichte that never was, money interests grabbing whatever they can from fellow Israelis and Palestinians alike, military incompetents who would fire rockets at civilian targets to intimidate a recalcitrant enemy — yes, the U.S. does the same.

If one has read the Prophets one knows that an earlier Israel was condemned and punished by its G-d.  I pray that the present day one will not be also!

Random thoughts here – what do you think?  Ed Kent

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

Ed Kent  718-951-5324 (voice mail only) [blind copies]

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