For those who are home, and for those who are on the way. For those who support the historic and just return of the land of Israel to its people, forever loyal to their inheritance, and its restoration.
El País is a leading liberal and progressive newspaper in the Spanish, Roman Catholic and Democratic Kingdom of Spain. It has long campaigned to put an end to Jewish self-determination and today’s contribution to that campaign comes in the form of an op-ed from M. Á. Bastenier, one of its most senior journalists.
The central point that it seeks to make is that Israel cannot be a state for Jews because it contains an Arab minority. There’s nothing necessarily anti-Jewish about this. All over the world national minorities are struggling to vindicate the collective rights history has denied them. There are now more nation states than ever and there are still plenty of minorities that want one of their own.
However, if you think the national rights of Jews are voided by the presence of the Arab minority in Israel and this view is a reflection of a broader political philosophy and not simply the expression of a prejudice, you need to make this clear. One way you can do so is to point out that there are plenty of other states that have restive national minorities too and that you regard them as equally illegitimate as Israel.
I visited Hevron in November 2000 after the outbreak of the Rosh Hashanah War to see what could be done to assist in the face of the growing daily attacks on the community. After returning to work for the community in the summer of 2001, a bond and a love was forged that grows to this day. My wife Melody and I merited to be married at Ma'arat HaMachpela and now host visitors from throughout the world every Shabbat as well as during the week. Our goal, "Time to come Home!"