Friday, March 01, 2013

The Snarl of the day:

Angry Arab cannot wait for Amos Oz to die ... 

Here is why:

"Oz was one of the first Israelis to advocate a two-state solution to the Israeli–Palestinian conflict after the Six-Day War. He did so in a 1967 article "Land of our Forefathers" in the Labor newspaper Davar. "Even unavoidable occupation is a corrupting occupation," he wrote. In 1978, he was one of the founders of Peace Now. Unlike some others in the Israeli peace movement, he does not oppose (and in 1991 advocated[2]) the construction of an Israeli West Bank barrier, but believes that it should be roughly along the Green Line, the pre-1967 border.[1] He has also advocated that Jerusalem be divided into numerous zones, not just Jewish and Palestinian zones; including, one for the Eastern Orthodox, one for Hasidic Jews, an international zone, and so on.[2]
He has opposed settlement activity from the beginning and was among the first to praise the Oslo Accords and talks with the PLO.[2] In his speeches and essays he frequently attacks the non-Zionist left and always emphasizes his Zionist identity. He is identified by many right-wing observers as the most eloquent spokesperson of the Zionist left. His views can be encapsulated as follows:

Two Palestinian-Israeli wars have erupted in this region. One is the Palestinian nation's war for its freedom from occupation and for its right to independent statehood. Any decent person ought to support this cause. The second war is waged by fanatical Islam, from Iran to Gaza and from Lebanon to Ramallah, to destroy Israel and drive the Jews out of their land. Any decent person ought to abhor this cause." (April 7, 2002)"


At 7:40 PM EST, Anonymous Brian Goldfarb said...

Ignoring the Angry Arab (am I allowed to do that, Noga?), I went to a session at the London Jewish Book Week this week, where Fania Oz-Sulzberger (Amos's daughter) was talking.

She was talking about her new book, written with her father, called "Jews And Words". In it, she says that Jews don't have a blood line, we have a textline. Makes sense to me. Perhaps its why the Angry Arab doesn't like us. We're all so darn literate. And intellectual. And articulate.

Sorry. Should have realised that I couldn't ignore him, here.

At 11:46 AM EST, Blogger The Contentious Centrist said...

I like the "textline"angle.

Not directly relevant but still tangentially so, here is an appreciation of Israel's quality in the world:

"Tel Aviv was ranked the world's second "Most Innovative City" in an Internet poll sponsored by the marketing department of the Wall Street Journal. "


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