Tuesday, June 12, 2007

The View From In Utero
by: Schvach Yid

I know it’s difficult to obtain a true perspective of a situation when one is in the thick of things. Distance is often necessary for accurate discernment.

The opinion of Israel’s dilemma in its relations with the nations circumjacent to it runs the gamut among Jews both in Israel and out. Who has the better access to information and the resulting ranking of opinion and national priority – those in Israel or those outside?

Well, how should I know, I’m an amateur, and an amateur blogger at that! But I’ve always assumed that distance aids in one’s focus. As an example, I’ve never been impressed with the claims of Vietnam War vets that ‘I was there, you weren’t’, and the resulting assertion of his possession of a superior understanding of that war. Salvador Dali claimed to have a memory of his life in his mother’s womb. I’ve never encountered that claim from anyone else.

Uzi Landau’s article in Ynetnews.com entitled Worry About Sderot First has given me cause for reconsideration. Any Israeli who worries first about the safety of ‘innocent Palestinians’ (perhaps mutually exclusive terms) rather than the safety of his own compatriots is in dire need of a bit of serious introspection. Here in the USA I have no concept of the horror of sending one’s children to school under the circumstances faced by the Jewish residents of Sderot.

Go and learn at http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3411564,00.html

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