Saturday, October 18, 2003

Although much of what Aron Trauring writes on his Aron's Israel Peace Weblog is a bit too radical and one-sided in my opinion, he often posts links to articles that are very much worth reading, even though - or exactly just because - we find it hard to accept or even only read such harsh views or to digest descriptions of unacceptable sides of Israel's policies in the territories in general, and those of the current government in particular. Such an article is an interview by Ari Shavit with someone whose work I truly admire, and whose opinions I consider seriously, the playwright Joshua Sobol. Mr Sobol expresses very serious accusations against Ariel Sharon, his government and those components in Israeli society that support him. Unfortunately most of it is true, or at least makes a lot of sense. In particular I share his worries about the uni- and conformity of Israeli society and what he has to say about the convergences between the interests of Sharon and the Palestinian extremists, something that I have hinted at in previous postings: "...the Palestinian terrorism that brought Sharon to power in the first place is in fact serving well his interests and the interests of his right-wing coalition. It is making it possible for them to stay in power, to expand settlements and to distance the political solution. The state of violence brought the right wing to power and the right wing is maintaining the state of violence in collaboration with the Palestinian extremists." Another link on the Peace Weblog brings us to an article, also taken from Ha'Aretz ( I am quite unhappy with the search function on the newspaper's website, so I refer here to a copy of it on Aron's weblog ), about the activities by several leading Israeli writers in support of the pilots' letter. In that article, David Grossman expresses my opinion on the issue of refusal very well: "...those who send young people to execute missions that are entirely controversial should at least be willing to listen to what they have to say afterward."

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