The moral test of Israel and the world

These attempts to breach the fences which defend Israel are not peaceful in intent, but rather – as Israel’s enemies openly declare – to kill Jewish soldiers and civilians and conquer Israel.

By HANAN SHAI
June 3, 2018 04:35
2 minute read.
The moral test of Israel and the world

Hamas members in Gaza . (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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Israel has been for many weeks under attack from tens of thousands of demonstrators, so-called innocent civilians – in fact thousands of “human bombs.” This is an updated version of a satanic weapon the Palestinians were the first to introduce to the Middle East, in the year 2000.

These attempts to breach the fences which defend Israel are not peaceful in intent, but rather – as Israel’s enemies openly declare – to kill Jewish soldiers and civilians and conquer Israel.

We hold that killing true civilian demonstrators without attempting beforehand to contain them is immoral. However, to facilitate the murder of Israelis by failing to use lethal force is immoral as well.

The moral code of “he who rises to kill you – rise first to kill him” calls the individual to take action to prevent his own murder; if he fails to do so he participates in his own murder, violating the commandment “Thou Shall not Murder.” This commandment is directly linked to the sanctity of life which is at the top of the moral scale of Western culture.

Attempts to impost on Israel restraint that leads to the murder of Jews is not only immoral, but a way to force upon Israel, whose forefathers introduced to the world the concept of the sanctity of life, the ancient Mesopotamian death culture.

The Palestinians were the pioneers of returning it to the Middle East and from there it spread swiftly to the United States, European capitals and the rest of the world.

The conflict at the Gaza border is a basic cultural one, as was the historical struggle in the past to prevent the breach of “Hadrian’s Walls,” the failure of which sent Europe into 500 years of darkness.

The fences of Gaza do not merely separate Israel and the Palestinians, but also civilizations.

Israel is today the most forward outpost in a battle to protect the heritage of truth and sanctity of life from the domination of the world by a culture of lies and the sanctity of death.

The moral toolbox of cultures in which life is held sacred lacks the tools to cope with the inhuman behavior of those whose survival instinct has been neutralized and who therefore cannot be deterred.

To defeat this attack, and prevent the spread of this chaos to the doorsteps of other countries requires strong support for Israel based on understanding and valuing its genuine efforts to avoid killing and wounding the enemy, but without sacrificing the lives of its soldiers and civilians. At the same time, the inhuman behavior of the Palestinians must be condemned.

Support for Israel today is support for the heritage of the culture of life. Condemning it or making hollow statements calling for “restraint” enhances chaos, strengthening those seeking to spread the culture of death and pave the way for its domination of the world.

Israel is not facing this moral test alone.

The author is a professor of political science and international relations at Bar-Ilan University.

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