Elul and the Middle East

Yossi Klein Halevy has an excellent and Rosh Hashana-timely article about Israel, isolation and apologies.  The article is here .. and includes:

“This convergence of blame (for Israel) comes at a time of spiritual vulnerability for Jews. This is, after all, our season of contrition. As we approach Rosh Hashanah, the process of self-examination intensifies. And as Jewish tradition emphasizes, the basis for penitence is apology. Before seeking forgiveness from God, we are to seek forgiveness from those we have hurt, even inadvertently.

But in the present atmosphere Jews should resist the temptation for self-blame. Apology is intended to heal. Yet those demanding apologies of Israel aren’t seeking reconciliation, but the opposite—to criminalize the Jewish state and rescind its right to defend itself.”

“Israel could offer Ergogan the following solution: “We apologise for the loss of life, and you apologise for encouraging Turkish jihadists to violate Israel’s legal and moral seige against the terrorist regime in Gaza” 

Halevy concludes

“This Rosh Hashanah I will ask forgiveness for my own sins and for the collective sins of Israel, as the liturgy insists. But I will withhold my political apologies for a time when those confessions won’t be manipulated against me. There is no religious obligation to collaborate in my own demonization. I will not be seeking forgiveness from those who deny my right to be.”

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