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RABBI DAVID HARTMAN

Special to The Jewish News

I

s Israel moving toward
the right? Do the events
of the last few months in-
dicate that the grassroots sen-
timents of the country are
heading in frigtening direc-
tions in which an Israel-
turned-South Africa seems a
real possibility? Have Jews,
who cherished the power of
the word, come home to be
seduced by the glory of
military strength? Have we
rebuilt our ancient homeland
and lost in the process our
historical identity as Jews?
If Israel society were to be
judged exclusively by the way
it has been portrayed in the
media, the answer to these
questions would be a resoun-
ding "Yes." But I believe that
there is a profound distortion
in this portrayal of Israel to-
day. Meeting human beings
through the perspective of a
television camera almost
always eliminates any
possibility for honest judge-
ment because it isolates them
from their larger historical
and human context.
The Jewish-Palestinian con-
flict is grounded in the larger
story of the Arab world's
refusal to accept the fact that
Israelis have come home, that
they are not a passing
episode, or a guilt trip of the
West for the Holocaust. Any
reading of Jewish history will
show that Jews are organic to
this land and that their lives
have been defined for the last
2,000 years by the dream of
"Next Year in Jerusalem!'
The rebuilding of Israel is a
testimony to a people's loyal-
ty to the biblical foundations
of their identity and to the
power of memory to shape
historical aspirations. Had
Palestinians understood the
Jewish people from this
perspective so much blood-
shed could have been avoided.
The question before us,
however, is not to harp on past
misunderstandings and
failures to communicate by
both communities. The real
issue is: Are we doomed to
live by the mistakes of the
past? Are the events in the
West Bank and Gaza just a
rerun of an old movie, or has
something new emerged
among Jews and Palestinians
which may provide a basis for

Rabbi Hartman is The
Founder and director of the
Shalom Hartman Institute in
Jerusalem.

hope for a peaceful resolution
of our bitter conflict?
The Israeli attitude that the
status quo in the territories
can be a permanent political
option for living with the
Palestinians has been per-
manently shattered. Israelis
are now aware that the
means by which they have
militarily controlled the West
Bank and integrated it into
"normal" Israeli daily life are
just not working. The bit-
terness of the Palestinians
cannot be shoved under the
carpet of the security
services.
There is now a growing
awareness among Israelis
that we are dealing with a
people and not with a band of
wild terrorists. The uprising
in the territories has brought
home to Israel the plain,
undeniable fact that the
Palestinians are a people with
a strong sense of national
solidarity.
Yet, in spite of this
awareness, there is a deep
uncertainty and uneasiness
among Israelis. We have felt
the anger, the rocks, the
Molotov cocktails, the civil
disobedience, the national
will of the Palestinian people,
but we have not heard from
them a clear and unam-
biguous message as to the
ultimate aims of their upris-
ing. Something vital is mis-
sing from the Palestinian
uprising which if not
manifested soon could lead to
much more suffering in the
future. We have not heard
what the Palestinian bottom-
line is
There are many in Israel —
people involved in the peace
movement and in the Labor
Party and even on the right
side of the political spectrum
— who are prepared for bold
peace initiatives and recogni-
tion of the Palestinians' na-
tional rights. But these con-
structive impulses in Israel
society will never be trans-
lated into government deci-
sions unless there is a clear
message from the Palesti-
nians. It is not enough for
them to just throw bottles.
There has to be a message in
the bottle — a message ad-
dressed to Israelis and stating
clearly the abandonment of
the Palestinian covenant and
recognition of Israel's right to
self-determination and
security.
The recent sufferings of the
Palestinians will turn out to
be nothing more than a tragic
and futile episode if Palesti-
nians do not reconsider their

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