• Reuven Sherwin

What is your position on Palestine?

So, the other day. Out of the blue.

Someone read a blog post of mine. And asked me "What is your position on Palestine?"


I could ignore the question - or try and answer it - even if only to myself.

Usually, I'd go for the first option. Ignore it.

Something happened. I'm trying to answer it.


So here's a first attempt.

 

I'm an Israeli, and a Jew. And proud of both.


I believe it is every person's responsibility to make the world a better place.

Making it better for everyone.


I have sympathy for all humans.

I believe all humans have rights - but also have responsibilities.


All people have the right to live their lives in peace and in a respectable manner.

The Palestinians have the right to live their lives in peace and in a respectable manner.

The Israelis have the right to live their lives in peace and in a respectable manner.


Both People have to realize "we're stuck here together" and search for a peaceful co-existence.


(This is where I may lose you... If I haven't done so yet.)

I believe in a zero-tolerance policy towards violence.

If the Palestinians choose to use violence (as a mean for exercising their rights) - they should realize the Israelis will do the same.

No excuses or mitigations. No "It's only rocks (or sticks)".


If rockets are fired at Israeli citizens - or incendiary balloons are set on agricultural villages - or rocks are thrown at cars or people - I expect the Israeli army to defend Israeli citizens with any force required.


Just like any {Country Name} citizen would expect the {Country Name} Government to defend them and their fellow citizens should missiles be targeting {Country Capital}.

At any cost.

 

(* This barely scratches the surface. There are so many other big issues. But as long as violence is involved, it's impossible to make serious progress...)

Yin-Yang combo of Israeli and Palestinian flags
Yin-Yang combo of Israeli and Palestinian flags - from wikipedia

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