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."