Ari Shavit

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A nation with no equality, no solidarity, and no belief in its own cause is not a nation worth fighting for. It is not a nation that a young woman or a young man will kill and get killed for. States. Nations & Nationhood
For Israel there is tension between our values and the brutal reality [of the Middle East] Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
In the Middle East, a nation whose youngsters are not willing to kill and get killed for it is a nation on borrowed time. It will not last long. Nationalism & Treason ;Citizenship & Patriotism
It is Israel's very existence as a sovereign non-Islamic entity in a land sacred to Islam and surrounded by Islam that creates the inherent tension between the tiny Jewish nation and the vast Islamic world. States. Nations & Nationhood
Jewish extremism and Islamic fanaticism fed each other. War & Peace
On the one hand, Israel is the only nation in the West that is occupying another people. On the other hand, Israel is the only nation in the West that is existentially threatened. States. Nations & Nationhood
Sometimes you have to strike a deal with the Mafia. But remember, the Mafia is not Mother Theresa. We must always keep that in mind. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
The greatest achievement of America in the last 70 years has been the prevention of a post Nagasaki nuclear proliferation. Chemical & Biological Weapons & Energy ;Nuclear, Chemical & Biological Weapons & Energy ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
The Right said, "If we only annex the West Bank, we'll be safe and sound." The Left said, "If we only hand over the West Bank, we'll have peace". The Right said, "Our dead died because of the Left's delusions", while the Left said, "Our dead died because of the Right's fantasies." Rather than face a tragic reality imposed on us from without, we chose to create a simplistic narrative of Right against Left. Liberals & Conservatives
There is a basic failure to understand the Israeli condition in its complexity. On the one hand Israel is really intimidated [threatened with extinction] like no other industrial democracy, On the other hand, it is an occupying power. People on the left … usually concentrate on occupation and ignore intimidation. People on the right concentrate on intimidation and ignore occupation. The truth is we have to wrestle with both Leaders & Leadership