Question of the day
J Street, the new Jewish lobbying group in the US, claims it is “pro-Israel, pro-peace.” Put aside for a moment definitional issues about what “pro-Israel” means exactly (Is it pro-Jewish ethnocracy? Is it democracy for all Israeli citizens?). Also put aside what “pro-peace” means in the context of a two-state agenda that can only be implemented by systematically excluding many Palestinians from basic rights to property and citizenship. Finally, put aside any paranoid thoughts you might have about this or that scenario for peace.
I would like to pose the following hypothetical question:
If you had to choose either pro-Israel or pro-peace, assuming it could only be one, which one would it be? Would you choose an ethnically exclusive, semi-theocratic state that is fully democratic only for the majority ethnic group? Or would you consider abandoning this idea if it could bring true, lasting peace with all your neighbors?