After reading Eric Alterman's article I found myself wondering exactly what the idea of Jewish nation was. At first I though of it in terms of wanting to have a Christian or Islamic Nation. Then I thought it might be comparable to wanting a white or a black nation. Then I considered that there are also Danish, Greek or German nations, but I still can't quite conceive of what is intended by the idea of ensuring a permanently Jewish nation. All I know is that, as with some of the other examples I gave, I find the concept intellectually and emotionally disturbing. Fortunately, there are others who are more articulate than me who have already written their letters about this .
I did like the idea Alterman mentions of having some Jews living in in the West Bank stay there as part of a Palestinian State "if they are so attached to the land." Perhaps an equal number of exiled Palestinians could be allowed to return to Israel "if they are so attached to the land" too. It might even be considered a sort of hostage exchange, which is no more anachronistic than some of the history on which competing claims are based.
Coos Bay, OR
Sep 28 2008 - 8:49pm