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August 4, 2013 - 9:00 am

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As for Europe, Inbar allows that it is “an entirely different matter.” Its pacifism, anti-Americanism, and “latent, traditional anti-Semitism that singles out the Jews as responsible for the problems of the world” all dispose it against Israel. Indeed, “a large portion of the European intelligentsia is anti-Israeli and even denies Israel’s right to exist.”

Yet, at the same time, Israel’s relations with all three of Europe’s power centers—France, Italy, and Germany—are flourishing. And “in 2011, the EU was Israel’s largest trading partner with annual trade amounting to 29.4 billion euros—an increase of 45 percent from 2009; and this came in the midst of an unprecedented financial crisis in Europe.”

Along with the post-Cold War hegemony of Israel’s ally, the U.S., Inbar attributes the change to the fact that Israel has more and more to offer—in intelligence, counterterrorism, military equipment, high-tech, agriculture, medicine. “All of these accomplishments have created international admiration and keen interest in bilateral exchanges and trade relations.”

Or, one might say that the nations of the world find themselves blessed by Israel’s cutting-edge prowess, inventions, and innovations.

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One aspect of life in Israel you omitted was the amount of integration of Israeli Arabs into Israeli society. I believe the driving force towards integration has been the relative prosperity in Israel. Go to any hospital and you will find a completely integrated staff. Shopping centers and recreational areas you will find Jews and Arabs. You may have trouble getting into some of the Arab villages because of the Jewish shoppers clogging the roads trying to to do their shopping there. There are some areas such as high tech where there too is a start towards integration. The media doesnt report any of this since it doesnt fit their agenda.
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Western ethics are the modern manifestation of the ancient moral prescriptions originally recorded in the Torah. Is it really a coincidence if those most in rebellion against these ancient moral prescriptions are precisely those who hate the people who managed to convey them all the way into the present?

The modern state of Israel as a miracle in our time. If we take history as a guide, should we expect miracles to be universally recognized, let alone celebrated? Let's be realistic, and recognize the hard facts: Just as an example, the Saudi monarchy is so afraid of the Bible, it has banned it in its land! This is the kind of reality we live in. The nation of Israel is doing a darn good job of dealing with it, but the hate is ultimately the haters' problem.
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I support Israel 100% as an ally and pretty much sole rational actor in an irrational, dangerous part of the world. I am not so naive to not believe that ultimately Israel acts in Israel's own self-perceived best interests. Articles that portray that "Real Politic" in self-referencing religiosity make me more than a little nervous. The differnce one might suppose in Americas' "Manifest Destiny" to ultimately expand to the Pacific as opposed to a "Divine Destiny" used to justify it. The former represents geographic rationality, the latter more on the order of mystic moralization.
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As an American Jew all I can say is when 89% of Republicans, 78% of independents and 63% of Democrats support Israel, Israel will never have to worry, We are hear to back you up, no matter what Obama does. And Canada also has high support for Israel and lately has been Israels best friend in the UN, so our norther neighbors are on your side too and 75% of columbians support Israel, so you have some support in central america and many of the pacific island nations back you up too.

Israel, you've got friends. God be with the only democracy in the region with no state religion and guaranteed religious freedoms for all, free speech and equality for all
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One aspect of life in Israel you omitted was the amount of integration of Israeli Arabs into Israeli society. I believe the driving force towards integration has been the relative prosperity in Israel. Go to any hospital and you will find a completely integrated staff. Shopping centers and recreational areas you will find Jews and Arabs. You may have trouble getting into some of the Arab villages because of the Jewish shoppers clogging the roads trying to to do their shopping there. There are some areas such as high tech where there too is a start towards integration. The media doesnt report any of this since it doesnt fit their agenda.
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to 99.9% of the MSM, facts are such inconvenient things! Thanks for posting this important information.
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Really wonderful article. I had of course been aware of the "light onto the nations" phrase, but not the "dwelling alone." It brings a certain solace to know that the Torah foresaw this (in some broad way).

An original and insightful piece. Very well done.
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The kind words are much appreciated.
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You write as a man of immense integrity. Beautiful article; sobering, but beautiful. Thank you.
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And thank you very much.
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