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CHAPTER 6

 

The Ultimate Contradiction

 

bThere is an ultimate insoluable contradiction between the bState of Israel that is the fulfillment of the 2,000-year-old bJewish-Zionist dream and the modern nation-state that sees all bits citizens as possessing equal rights and privileges. There is an bultimately immutable clash between that part of Israel’s Decla- bration of Independence that created the Jewish state and the part bthat promised “complete equality of social and political rights to ball its citizens,” even though they be Arabs and not Jews. There bis—let it be said once and for all—a potential confrontation be- btween the Jewish-Zionist state that was the millennial dream of bthe Jewish people and modern concepts of democracy and citi- bzenship.

bWe are pained, embarrassed, thrown into intellectual bagony. We hasten to avoid such talk. It is unnecessary, dan- bgerous, irresponsible, better left unspoken. Nonsense! bFar better to meet the issue, deal with it boldly and courageously, bexplain it to our children and ourselves, than to have it explode in our bfaces tomorrow.

bThere is nothing for which the Jew need apologize. A peo- bple that has suffered ecumenical agony and that has been bdeprived of the rights that other nations demand for themselves bowes no one an explanation. The Middle East sees Islamic re- bpublics in which the Arabic quality and the Muslim character of bthe state are inscribed in the constitution; who shouts about bArabic “racism”? Africans insist upon the blackness of their bstate, and exclusiveness of culture and identity are the founda- b 

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