From George Steiner
“Essentially powerless for some two thousand years, the Jew in exile, in his ghettos, amid the equivocal tolerance of gentile societies, was in no position to persecute other human beings. He could not, whatever his just cause, torture, humiliate, or deport other men and women. This was the Jew’s singular nobility, a nobility that seems to me far greater than any other. I hold it as axiomatic that anyone who tortures another human being, be it under compelling political, military necessity, that anyone who systematically humiliates or makes homeless another man, woman, or child, forfeits the core of their own humanity. The imperative of survival, the ethical ambiguities of its settlement in what was Palestine (by what sophistry does a non believing, – non-practising Israeli invoke God’s promise to Abraham?), have forced Israel to torture, to humiliate, to expropriate — though often to a lesser degree than its Arab and Islamic enemies. The State lives behind walls. It is armed to the teeth. It knows racism. In short: it has made of Jews ordinary men.”
This puzzles me.All of us in the UK,the USA and almost all countries in the word resort to torture,threats,wars,imprisonment etc if they see fit.How can they expect Israel to live in this world and not resort to the same weapons all countries use.Not that I like it…but this is reality now
Would he be happy to see a second Holocaust?
- Dead in the Water Peace Talks (rinf.com)
- Striving for Jewish Freedom and Equality on the Temple Mount (jewishpress.com)