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World Opinion & Israel

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Published: November 25, 2012


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Visitor Comments: 34

(29) David, December 24, 2012 3:29 PM

But what if perhaps we're doing 'wrong'?

If we're really doing what is Jewishly 'right', then I agree - we need not fear what the world says, as Hashem will 'be behind us'. But if we are doing something that, according to Jewish ethics, is sadly and tragically 'wrong'? I'm thinking about the death - however unintended - of many innocent child civilians in Gaza, and the consequencial suffering to those who are not themselves our enemies. What do those ghastly pictures all over the world's media [even after discounting the many fraudulent photos potently highlighted by Aish] say about the integrity of Yiddishkeit and its moral basis?

(28) Howard Newman, December 13, 2012 10:55 PM

I agree

As my mother used to say chub 'em befukit (Ior somethng like that)

(27) David, December 1, 2012 2:55 PM

True - up to a point

So long as world opinion is just that - opinion - it should not dictate a country's actions. Nations have interests, not friends. Protecting the lives of citizens is a country's ultimate interest. Afterward, there are also commercial, cultural, and diplomatic interests that may be impacted by world opinion. World opinion should be considered at its apropriate weight in any cost/benefit analysis in which it is relevant.

(26) sonya, November 30, 2012 6:44 PM

Re: world opinion

We are the world's default scapegoats. I don't see that changing. If we could find a larger fertile country with a sparse population in need of our skills and willing to allow it to become our country in return for our assistance, with no crying after we make it into something, I don't know, can that be done? Then bomb what Israel built back into the stone age it was before the Jews arrived, and give it to the terrorist rabble calling themselves true Palestinians. Otherwise, make the separation wall as strong as possible, quietly close all borders, discontinue allowing arabs into Israel for any reason, including work. [ Why on earth does Israel help Arabs by hiring them, never understood that. Let them in and you let in bombers.] After doing all the above, keep yourself to yourself, and tell the press to go to hell, a complete press blackout. The world will rage, but what's new about that. After a while of trying to bait us, they'll look for other news. Anyone tries to get over the wall, shoot them. As I see it, either find a new country or hunker down and make this one as strong and impenetrable as possible.

(25) Independent, November 30, 2012 9:25 AM

Dictatorships

Does it matter what a lot of dictatorships think?

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