Josef Avesar

Israel has an ideological conflict of interest.

The rationale for creating a Jewish state was that only Jews can provide safety for Jews. As a country created to ensure the security of Jews, it must demonstrate that Jews are indeed under threat. Without a threat to Jews, there is no justification for a Jewish state. If Israel can achieve its stated goal and provide peace, the need for a Jewish state disappears. The only way to justify the continued existence of a Jewish state is to show that Jews are at risk.

Looking at the last 75 years since the establishment of the state of Israel, one cannot ignore the fact that Israel has been involved in constant wars, possibly more than any other country in the world and certainly more than any other country in the Middle East. Thousands of Jews have been killed and injured in those wars, and there seems to be no end in sight.

Israel puts minimal effort, if any, into making peace. It allocates huge budgets to its military and practically none to peace. It has a permanent military independent of the government, but there is no equivalent organization for peace.

About the Author
Josef Avesar is founder of the Israeli Palestinian Confederation, which advocates for a mutual third government for Israelis and Palestinians. An American-Israeli of Iraqi background, he practices law in the U.S., but travels frequently to Israel and Palestine.