Jerusalem Day

I have real problems forming an opinion, and framing my thoughts.

Sunday was a difficult day for me.

On one hand, of course Israel has sovereignty over all of Israel, and of course we are allowed to march with our flags throughout the entire country if we so choose.

On the other hand, there are approximately 2 million Arabs living in Israel and over 330,000 living in Jerusalem. Being a democratic country, we absolutely have to consider their views. Was it not provocative to march through the Old City of Jerusalem waving our flags? Of course, we can, and maybe should…. But in these truly troubled times, are we not being too confrontational?

Of course, if we “give in” and do not march, and listen to the other side, then we show weakness and some on the other side would treat this as a victory. But by not marching, doesn’t this also show a smidgen of consideration? And why be provocative when maybe we should show some magnanimity. Was it not Churchill who said “in peace the victor has to be magnanimous”? I think he was right. Do we not have to pay attention to our Arab cousins’ feelings?

After all, they are an integral part of this country even if some of us dislike this fact.

I suppose the price I pay for living in this wonderful country is to be occasionally confused.

About the Author
Made aliya in 1960, worked in the English department of Kol Israel, dealt in tourism for 30 years, brought up a family. Generally a "normal" life here in this challenging country.
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