President Rivlin: Time to admit that Israel is a sick society that needs treatment


Reuven Rivlin at ceremony for new road dedicated to Shamir. (photo credit:MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)

The time has come to admit that Israel is a sick society, with an illness that demands treatment, President Reuven Rivlin said at the opening session on Sunday of a conference on From Hatred of the Stranger to Acceptance of the Other.

Both Rivlin and Prof. Ruth Arnon, president of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, which organized the conference at its premises on the capital’s Jabotinsky Street, spoke of the painful and bloody summer, and the resultant resurgence of animosity between Arabs and Jews that had escalated to new heights.

Referring to the mutual expressions of hatred and incitement, Arnon said that Jews, who in the Diaspora had been exposed to anti-Semitism and persecution, should be more sensitive to the dangers of incitement. “But are we?” she asked.

Rivlin wondered aloud whether Jews and Arabs had abandoned the secret of dialogue.

With regard to Jews he said: “I’m not asking if they’ve forgotten how to be Jews, but if they’ve forgotten how to be decent human beings. Have they forgotten how to converse?” In Rivlin’s eyes, the academy has a vital task to reduce violence in Israeli society by encouraging dialogue and the study of different cultures and languages with the aim of promoting mutual understanding, so that there can be civilized meetings between the sectors of society.

Read more at The Jerusalem Post

Categories: Ethnic discrimination, Free speech, Israel, Middle East, Sociology, World news

3 replies

  1. This is a step in the right direction. But only if it is in earnest and not some p/r stunt to make Israel look good. The President recently stated he was opposed to the Palestinians getting their own state, so I have my doubts about his sincerity..

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  2. I don’t believe it’s a PR stunt. Israel is like every other country in having its right wing and its left wing, its hawks and its doves. What’s bizarre is that the rest of the world–probably from a misplaced sense of moral culpability for the Holocaust–has for far too long entertained the absurd notion that Israel is somehow magically beyond fallibility or moral reproach.

    But really, they’re just like the rest of us. Heck, they even have their own Dick Cheney.

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  3. Actually today I think we in the US are the only friend Israel has got and after that last atrocitiy they waged on Gaza even we are backing away from their foreign policy.

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