Thursday, July 21, 2005

Yesterday I saw this young girl on Israeli television, trying her bit of psychological warfare on the soldiers who were preventing settlers and their supporters from leaving Kfar Maimon in the direction of Gush Katif. " Refuse orders now, and you will enter paradise." Of course, it is impossible and wrong to make comparisons between this girl and her Palestinian peers, but I could not help thinking that the use of children and the promises of paradise ( "If only you do this or that..." ) sound all too familiar in the context of 'the' conflict. I know that in our religion the afterlife plays an important role ( see for instance Mesilat Yesharim of the Ramha"l ) but isn't Judaism first and foremost about life here on earth?

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