Ewan ko lang kung tama ang hinala ko pero there are probably many people in Israel today who feel uneasy because of certain ironies afflicting the Jewish State. For one, how does the ordinary Israeli feel about the Wall being constructed by his/her government around Palestine’s West Bank?
I would understand if the younger Israelis, or those who immigrated from other countries (read: America), support this project wholeheartedly. After all, they (the local-born Israelis, or Sabras) lived during a period when the very survival of the fledgling state was being contested by its belligerent Arab neighbors. “Self Defense” can be a very compelling reason, indeed, for these “war babies.” Ditto for the Jewish immigrants from America – but for an entirely different reason altogether. Suffice it to say that militant Arab/Palestinian groups have nothing on these American-Israelis when it comes to… hmm… shall we say “pagiging utak pulbura.” 🙂
But it is the older Israelis who intrigue me, especially those who survived the Holocaust and immigrated to Palestine to find peace and begin their life again. How do they feel about their country creating its own version of the “Warsaw Ghetto” for the Palestinians in the West Bank and in Gaza?
And does the ongoing Arab Intifada against Israel seem awfully like the Warsaw Ghetto Uprisings against Nazi German occupation? And what about the unofficial Israeli motto, “Never Again” (used in reference to the Holocaust)? Doesn’t it seem apt for use by the Arabs, too?
Funny how we sometimes turn out to be exactly like those whom we abhor. 😦