It was agreed to translate the word shalom שלום (in Arabic salam / salem / shalam ) for peace. Peace, truth and justice are, according to the Mosaic tradition, the three pillars on which the world rests. But shalom is one of these concept words, like so many in the Hebrew language. In the word repeated over two hundred times in the Torah, the Hebrew Bible, its polysemy expresses an immense variety of meanings: “just a friendly greeting, being safe, healthy, perfect, complete, feeling of well-being and inner and outer harmony – integrity, integrity, health, well-being, safety, soundness, tranquility, prosperity, fullness, rest, harmony; the absence of agitation or discord, a state of calm without anxiety. “

It would be useless to hide my motivations, part of my family living in Israel and they spent the last few days locked in bunkers. As a writer, I try to rationalize, and evidently fail, after all, the feeling of impotence in addition to the feeling of fear and vulnerability is not purged from writing.

Common sense would say that no one likes war, much less to participate, by default and directly, in one of the oldest conflicts on the planet. But, between common sense and reality there is a cluster, hard, impermeable, without any porosity: fanaticism. There is an equitable distribution of fundamentalist people around the world. There are secular and religious fanatics. Right and left fanatics. Ideological fanatics and anarchists. Fanatics for criminals and heroes without character. Racist fanatics and those who would kill for causes. There are Jewish, Muslim and Christian fanatics . There are also peace fanatics at any cost.

But a clear distinction needs to be made between fanatics who have international power and subsidies to produce and launch missiles at civilian populations such as the Gaza terrorists – who have so far launched 1,000 missiles over more than 50 Israeli cities including Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, cities with 500 thousand and almost a million inhabitants respectively – and the fanatics contained by a pragmatic and most responsible state.

It is evident that we must pray for peace in its multiple meanings. But at what price? And what about the right to self-defense that is present in all civilized criminal codes in the world? That’s what I want to talk about here. Protests began to rain across the world against Israel and the timid response from social media were posts about “I support Israel’s right to defend itself against terrorism”. Does it sound surreal to the reader? It’s surreal. 

The old declaration of war has been replaced by facts that rob the function of diplomats who have been confusing discretion with inertia. The omission of the current American administration must be blamed for the escalation of violence that is once again affecting the region. When again offering unheard of financial resources to the Palestinian authority, which openly practices ” pay for slay ” in free translation “pay to kill”, a policy (sic) that encourages and rewards “cash” for acts of violence against Jews, there was a tacit guarantee for the conflict cycle to reactivate. “Pogroms” have been reborn within Israel, the practice of ritual attacks and lynching attempts against Jews have been recorded from the Negev desert to cities where Arab and Jewish populations lived with relative calm for decades as Lod , where mobs , with hordes of criminals burned synagogues and stoned Jews. Scenes worthy of the purges of the Nazi era. This was, after all, the meaning of the preventive slogan “never again”.  

Are the missiles of Gaza terrorists precarious? Without aim? It is not quite like that and it is less and less like that. It is an organized and well-trained army. The escalation towards a conflict of greater proportions is already a reality accompanied by the classic acute deafness to common sense. On the other hand, should there be common sense in dealing with those who openly preach the extermination of the Hebrew state?

The question that now arises is, now, another: is there a proportion to establish justice and, therefore , calm? What about the massive missile attacks on civilian populations? Even though it is far from perfect, the only consolidated democracy in the Middle East is perplexed, under direct warlike attack on civilian areas, while the newsrooms of the main media in the world decide to call themselves organizations like Hamas and Islamic Jihad militants, resistance or just armed group. Organizations considered terrorists by the vast majority of countries, including the European Union and the United States. As one interviewee from the Jewish Studies Center said when provoked by the BBC World News interviewer: “what was expected when there is a policy of constant omission and disengagement adopted by Obama’s followers in a vital region like the Middle East?” 

Rather, and it is good that it is disseminated, according to the halacha (the Jewish hermeneutics of the laws) “in a war there is always the duty if one seeks a peaceful way out before engaging in hostilities”. Behold, now there is a generous offer of peace on the table to the aggressors, as long as the rain of missiles ceases, immediately, within the next 24 hours.

It is unlikely to happen.

The outcome is predictable. Certainly Israel will once again be reviled with the usual false accusations, among them the champion of intellectual distortion, that of the practice of “disproportionate response”. The latent anti-Zionist / anti-Semitic sentiment had used all its alibis to harass Israel. Now, even so, the reason will stand to show that the great and unacceptable disproportion is that of anti-Semitic lynching and that of terrorism armed with rockets. 

Peace now, or shut up forever.

It was agreed to translate the word shalom שלום (in Arabic salam / salem / shalam ) for peace. Peace, truth and justice are, according to the Mosaic tradition, the three pillars on which the world rests. But shalom is one of these concept words, like so many in the Hebrew language. In the word repeated over two hundred times in the Torah, the Hebrew Bible, its polysemy expresses an immense variety of meanings: being safe, healthy, perfect, complete, feeling of well-being and inner and outer harmony – integrity, integrity, health , well-being, security, solidity, tranquility, prosperity, fullness, rest, harmony; the absence of agitation or discord, a state of calm without anxiety or stress.

It would be useless to hide my motivations, part of my family living in Israel and they spent the last few days locked in bunkers. As a writer, I try to rationalize, and evidently fail, after all, the feeling of impotence in addition to the feeling of fear and vulnerability is not purged from writing.

Common sense would say that no one likes war, much less to participate, by default and directly, in one of the oldest conflicts on the planet. But, between common sense and reality there is a cluster, hard, impermeable, without any porosity: fanaticism. There is an equitable distribution of fundamentalist people around the world. There are secular and religious fanatics. Right and left fanatics. Ideological fanatics and anarchists. Fanatics for criminals and heroes without character. Racist fanatics and those who would kill for causes. There are Jewish, Muslim and Christian fanatics . There are also peace fanatics at any cost.

But a clear and distinct distinction needs to be made between fanatics who have international power and subsidies to produce and launch missiles over civilian populations such as the Gaza terrorists – who have so far launched 1,000 missiles over more than 50 cities in Israel including Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, cities with 500,000 and almost a million inhabitants respectively – and the fanatics contained by a pragmatic and most responsible state.

It is evident that we must pray for peace in its multiple meanings. But at what price? And what about the right to self-defense that is present in all civilized criminal codes in the world? That’s what I want to talk about here. Protests began to rain across the world against Israel and the timid response from social media were posts about “I defend Israel’s right to defend itself against terrorism”. Does it sound surreal to the reader? It’s surreal. 

The old declaration of war has been replaced by facts that rob the function of diplomats who have been confusing discretion with inertia. There is blame for the omission of the current American administration for the escalation of violence that once again affects the region. When again offering unprecedented financial resources to the Palestinian authority, which openly practices ” pay for slay ” in a free translation “pay to kill” that encourages and rewards “cash” for acts of violence against Jews, there was an unspoken endorsement for the conflict cycle was reactivated. He saw himself reborn inside Israel the “pogroms”, the practice of rituals and attempted lynching against Jewish attacks were recorded in the desert Negev to the cities where Arab and Jewish populations lived in relative peace for decades as Lod , where mobs , with hordes of criminals burned synagogues and stoned Jews. Scenes worthy of the purges of the Nazi era. This was, after all, the meaning of the preventive slogan “never again”.  

Are the missiles of Gaza terrorists precarious? Without aim? It is not quite like that and it is less and less like that. It is an organized and well-trained army. The escalation towards a conflict of greater proportions is already a reality accompanied by the classic acute deafness to common sense. On the other hand, should there be common sense in dealing with those who openly preach the extermination of the Hebrew state?

The question that now arises is, now, another: is there a proportion to establish justice and, therefore , calm? What about the massive missile attacks on civilian populations? Even though it is far from perfect, the only consolidated democracy in the Middle East is perplexed, under direct warlike attack on civilian areas, while newsrooms of the main media in the world decide whether to call organizations like Hamas and Islamic Jihad militants, resistance or just armed group. Organizations considered terrorists by the vast majority of countries, including the European Union and the United States. As an interviewee from the Jewish Studies Center said when provoked by the BBC World News interviewer: “what was expected when there is a policy of constant omission and disengagement adopted by Obama’s followers in a vital region like the Middle East?” 

Rather, and it is good that it is disseminated, according to the halacha (the Jewish hermeneutics of the laws) “in a war there is always the duty if one seeks a peaceful way out before engaging in hostilities”. Behold, now there is a generous offer of peace on the table to the aggressors, as long as the rain of missiles ceases, immediately, within the next 24 hours.

It is unlikely to happen.

The outcome is predictable. Certainly Israel will once again be reviled with the usual false accusations, among them the champion of intellectual distortion, that of the practice of “disproportionate response”. The latent anti-Zionist / anti-Semitic sentiment had used all its alibis to harass Israel. Now, even so, the reason will stand to show that the great and unacceptable disproportion is that of anti-Semitic lynching and that of terrorism armed with rockets. 

Peace now, or shut up forever.

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