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Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Remarks From University of Haifa President at Commencement Last Week

Prof. Ben-Ze'ev also addressed the war's complexity from a moral perspective. "Today the criticism is leveled at Israel that our response lacks proportion. This claim may appear true if we make a superficial comparison between the number of fatalities that the Hezbollah has caused us and the number of fatalities that have been caused to the organization by our actions. However, this comparison is patently immoral because morality cannot accept as a given that it is permitted to kill and thus it is permitted to kill to the same extent for revenge. The comparison must be far more complex and touch upon the roots of the problem and that is – fundamentally, what is the intention that Hezbollah's murderousness is spawning all the time? The answer is the resolve to annihilate Israel. In this case, Israel's response must be assessed against this intention to annihilate and not against the number of people that they have murdered at this opportunity or another. In light of this consideration, there is no doubt that Israel's response is reasonable and appropriate for the size of the threat," he said.

Prof. Ben-Ze'ev summed up by saying that we must continue to wish for peace. "Although we speak at the moment of a distant dream, it is forbidden to us to stop dreaming even for a moment. The capacity to dream and to sustain hope are hallmarks of human conduct. I am certain that even in these dark and trying hours, already it is possible to discern tomorrow's light."


At 3:01 PM, Blogger Bernie said...

Lebanon's Best Hope Is Public Opinion, not violent retaliation
against The State of Israel.


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At 3:21 PM, Blogger Bernie said...

First some introductions:

1) What is "The People of Israel" ?

The People of Israel have existed for thousands of years.
They have their own particular, essential nature.
The Torah is the source of their essential nature.
Without Torah and Faith there is no People of Israel.
Whoever denies the Torah and the Faith is no longer part of the People of Israel.
The purpose of the People of Israel in this world is Divine Service.
Their salvation is occupation in Divine Service.
2) What is Zionism?

Zionism is a relatively new thing.
It has only existed for a century.
Zionism redefines the true essential nature of the People of Israel, and substitutes for it a completely contradictory and opposite character - a materialistic worldly nation.
Their misfortune is lack of what other nations possess, i.e. a state and army.
Their salvation is possession of a state and army etc.
This is clearly spelled out in the circles of Zionist thought, and among the leaders of the Zionist State, that through changing the nature and character of the People of Israel and by changing their way of thinking they can set before the People of Israel "their salvation" -- a state and an army.

At 3:22 PM, Blogger Bernie said...

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At 3:26 PM, Blogger Bernie said...

Orthodox Jews Demand End to Zionist Atrocities in the Middle East
July 18 – New York

The brutal and indiscriminate attack upon the people and infrastructure of Lebanon by the Zionist State "Israel" is a crime against all basic standards of decency and humanity.

The excuse given for this murderous invasion was the attack by Hezbollah on the IDF. What this might have to do with the hundreds of thousands of Lebanese innocent men, women and children, who are subjected to an ongoing living hell, is beyond comprehension.

Indeed, this current aggression is only the second chapter of the recent viciousness; the first being the furious reinvasion of Gaza and the onslaught on its civilians and the ruination of its basic human services.

Of course, voices may be heard that the IDF are simply responding. This, of course, ignores the question of the evil, implicit in punishing blameless people for the deeds of others. And it totally ignores the root of the problem, the dispossession and subjugation of the Palestinian people which began in 1948, was expanded in 1967 and continues unabated to this day. The crux of the matter is that beyond the immorality of the Zionist treatment of the Palestinians is the ultimate fact -- the ideology of Zionism and ensuing establishment of the Zionist state conflicts with the basic teachings of Judaism.

At 3:33 AM, Anonymous Larry said...

From a Biblical perspective murder is immoral but killing at times can be allowed. Killing in self-defence if no other option.Excample-a person was going to murder another then the other has the right if need be to kill the murder. Killing and murder are not always the same./ Yes thus far in the recent Hezbolla and Isreal war Isreal has killed more but do to Hezbolla placing their weapons near civilians. Isreal does not want to murder Labenon civilians whereas Hezbolla radicals want to destroy Isreal completely.

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