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What if…?

October 14, 2012

What if in a major policy speech, the President of Israel makes the following proposal:

For as long as Israel exists we have been at war or preparing for war. At the same time, however, we have dreamt of Peace. It is time we make Peace and live in Peace – with all our neighbors, but especially the Palestinians whose ancestral land we share.

We propose to become one nation, possibly a Confederation under one constitution and realize the dream of Theodor Herzl, the founding father of Zionism. All barriers and walls shall be dismantled, the settlements opened to anyone and all refugees welcomed back. Let us not forget that not all inhabitants of ancient Israel joined the Exodus and may well be our brothers and sisters.

We also offer to rid this land of all nuclear weapons and invite our neighbors to declare the entire region a nuclear free, perhaps ultimately, a demilitarized zone.

Then, and only then, will we have achieved the dream of our Prophets, perhaps even a model for all mankind. Becoming a model and guiding light for all the world, Israel would be fulfilling its God given role.

It began with Abraham when he spared Isaac, his firstborn son. It lead to Moses and the Ten Commandments, followed by our Prophets. Surely, their insistence on Peace and righteousness inspired Spinoza and ,ultimately, Buber and yes, Hertzl.

Righteousness, ethics, morality may well be our God given mission, which as the Nation of Israel it is now our task and obligation to fulfill.