Jewish World Review Nov. 22, 2012/ 9 Kislev, 5773
Peace, it's wonderful --- or could be
By Paul Greenberg
By the time you read these words, Gentle and Grateful Reader, peace should have broken out in that most unlikely part of the world, the
The cease-fire between
Yes, the violations and counter-violations of this truce will now begin, but if the past is prologue, they will dwindle till an uncertain modus vivendi, a way of living rather than dying, will begin to emerge. The scope of this accomplishment can be measured simply enough; the fighting lasted eight days, while it took the Lord God fully six to create the whole world.
This has to be recorded as one of the
Behind the scenes, Egyptian envoys, working with American ones, got
This time Ambassador Rice successfully stalled any interference by the
Yes, we know, talk about how welcome this peace is may be lost on those, both Arab and Jew, who have seen their children, their mothers and fathers, friends and family, blown to smithereens before this cease-fire was achieved. But every day of peace, however fragile, is to celebrated. Let us both mourn the dead and vow, not for the first time, Never Again.
Why no full-scale war this time? One new factor may have made all the difference:
This administration, whatever the bad feelings between our president and current Israeli prime minister, fully supported the development and deployment of that new and welcome defense, another vindication of
Now let us celebrate this peace, however uncertain -- and in the future take all that rhetoric about wiping
At the same time, the Israelis need to celebrate their victory ever so quietly, and find some way to appease the source of so many wars -- wounded Arab pride bent on revenge. Now would be the time for
If the Israelis are looking for a policy just now, they could do worse than follow the lead of an American president who learned the ways of both war and peace by bitter experience, and pursued both "with malice toward none, charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right...."
Many of us have feared the worst. Now let us hope, and not just hope but work, for the best.
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