Israeli Resilience

(Jerusalem Post) Editorial - Margalit Bergman had been eating at the Benedict restaurant in the Sarona Market in Tel Aviv with a group of friends on Wednesday night, when she saw two "wealthy Italian-looking businessmen in fancy suits and skinny ties" sitting in the common dining area near the neighboring Max Brenner cafe. They turned out to be Palestinians out to commit mass murder. On Thursday morning, Bergman returned to the very same table where she sat the night before. It was her way of overcoming her fear. Israelis are particularly adept at picking up the pieces and moving on very quickly after nihilistic Islamists carry out a barbaric and pointless attack. Perhaps it has something to do with the Jews' rich experience with overcoming adversity. After all, the Jews are no strangers to murderous enmity. It is no exaggeration to refer to anti-Semitism as "the oldest hatred." By refusing to be pulled down by their many detractors, Jews offer an alternative to death and destruction. As former chief rabbi of Britain Jonathan Sacks put it, "The Jewish people in its very being constitutes a living protest against a world of hatred, violence and war."

2016-06-13 00:00:00

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