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The Moral Challenge of Gaza

There's a saying that Jews are just like everyone else, only more so.  The last couple of days, when watching (from afar) the events in and around Israel, that's come to mind.  The last week was just like every other week, only more so.  The US pulling out of the JCPOA- the Iran nuclear agreement- bringing up the possibility that nuclear inspectors will leave Iran, and nuclear progress may happen sooner than it otherwise could.  Cross-border fire between Israel and Iran in Syria.  The US Embassy moving to Israel's capital in Jerusalem, with a elaborately staged ceremony that was a sharp contrast to the violence on the border with Gaza.


There's a lot to celebrate as Israel begins its seventieth year, and a lot to be concerned about. There's a lot of differently slanted news coverage out there, and, for anyone who might care, some of the more thoughtful understandings come from centrist Israelis, like Donniel Hartman, below, and Yossi Klein Halevi who both feel the n…

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