Adam Brodsky
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We Are Under No Obligation To Bare Our Necks

I have argued that the time is now to take action ourselves regarding the issue of the palestinian Arabs who live on the land under our purview, rather than waiting for someone else to do it for us. And I have argued that the principle we should apply in this case is one of protecting freedom and civil liberties for all people under our jurisdiction, be they Jew, Arab or any other minority. I have argued further, that such personal civil liberties should not in any way be construed as necessitating that the Jewish state as a whole cease to be what it is, a Jewish state.  I have admitted that I do not have all the specific answers regarding legal mechanisms by which to achieve this purpose, but that I believe such a discussion is long overdue and I have given possible scenarios by which this might occur.
I wish to state, however, notwithstanding my support for the fair treatment of all individuals within our country, this in no way should be construed as a capitulation to those who would wish to destroy Israel as a Jewish state. And I harbor no illusions as to the nefarious purposes of some among our enemies who view any weakness on our part as evidence of the surety of our ultimate demise.  Indeed, we must be fully cognizant of the fact that our humanity, our sense of moral justice, and our desire to be recognized as such, can be used against us. We must not allow ourselves to be taken advantage of by others, least of all by those who wish us harm.  We are under no obligation to bare our necks for the sake of any abstract sense of universal justice nor the moral whims of others.  We are intelligent, morally upright, and honest.  Whether you are a religious or a secular Jew, we are all the keepers of our tradition – a tradition which is at the very foundation of the modern sense of morality and justice.  We will judge for ourselves what is right and just, and what is simply meant as a ruse to weaken us.
As a people small in number and even smaller in the preservation of our specific cultural way of life, and despite our present national political and military might, we constantly exist on a knife-edge, poised between continued existence as a free people and beacon of hope and courage to the world, and the risk of being once again snuffed out due to the convergence of world events and internal discord. We are not so self-confident that we have forgotten the possibility of failure.  Physically we have no land on which to fight battles and on the playing field of culture and ideas we have equally little room to maneuver.  We first and foremost must survive.  And therefore we will act with courage, with justice and with liberty in order to provide those civil liberties to all people under our purview, and indeed to encourage such actions throughout the world; but will most certainly not risk the extinction once again of our national project for the flimsy moral whims, righteous indignation, or post-empire guilt-pangs of other nations and cultures.
About the Author
Adam Brodsky is an interventional cardiologist who made Aliyah with his wife and four children in 2019, from Phoenix, AZ. He holds a combined MD/MM degree from Northwestern University and the J L Kellogg Graduate School of Management, and a Bachelors degree in Jewish and Near Eastern Studies from Washington University in St Louis. He is saddened by the state of civil discourse in society today and hopes to engage more people in honest, nuanced, rigorous discussion. An on-line journal about his Aliyah experience can be found at aliyah.move2israel.com
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