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Not occupation!
A good article, but the actual point should be that Israel is the only real democracy in the middle-east, and all the people living there enjoy most of the benefits under that democracy. How can you share the good of your land with people bent on detroying you? The so-called occupation is not an occupation as the people supposed to be occupied came from Egyp, Syria, Libanon, Jordania and other Arab nations, thus they were not the actual habitants of the land when the Jews first set foot in the land as given to then by HaShem. Israel has many times shown more than needed the will to live in peace with all in the middle-east, BUT the Arabs DOES NOT WANT PEACE, they want to wipe every Jew from the face of the earth and then it will still not be enough fo them. Look how they errode and undermine all the other western countries that took them in and gave them a place to live. Israel should first and foremost look at her own people and safety.
JC Coetzee, South Africa, 18/07/2012 20:12:00
article
thanks for the article. the relationship between power, ethics, and truth(Jewish values) is the topic. one can suspend this interdependency briefly but not long term. i think this is your point.
B Roth, USA, 17/07/2012 21:46:00
occupation
One cannot occupy a people. If land belongs to a nation another power can occupy it by force. That isn`t what happened or what is happening now.
Avrum Aaron, Israel, 17/07/2012 21:43:00
ocupation of Gaza
I agree with your well thought out and reasoned article.
bruce waltzer, USA, 17/07/2012 17:16:00
Edmund Levy Report
The report is comprised of two sections - one dealing with the legality of Israel`s presence in the disputed territories and the other containing recommendations to the government on how to deal with the ambiguous policy and administrative situation. I have seen no rebuttal which would lead me to believe that the legal status of the territories is other than as described by the Report. The objective of the recommendations is primarily to establish the rule of law with respect to the administration of the territories. The last three paragraphs " ... Finally, we wish to stress ... to ensure that the law is duly observed." say it all. It is the recommendations which should be debated - not the juridical status of the territories. Philip Greenberg
Philip Greenberg, Canada, 17/07/2012 14:10:00
 
 
   
 
   
 

Donniel Hartman is President of Shalom Hartman Institute and Director of the Engaging Israel Project.

His latest book is Putting God Second: How to Save Religion from Itself.

Donniel contributes a regular column to Times of Israel and writes for many other publications on a regular basis.

  • Read all of Donniel Hartman's columns and essays.

   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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