Ha'aretz: We forgot our justness (Excerpt)
By Ari Shavit
Ha'aretz 15 October 2000 [Excerpt]
It's been a long time since we spoke of our justness. For the past seven years we became totally addicted to the Ecstasy of Oslo, and the Ecstasy of the withdrawal from Lebanon. We buried ourselves in the almost messianic belief in the fundamentally flawed peace process. We believed dogmatically and irrationally in withdrawal, any withdrawal, in withdrawal as such. And for many long, fateful years, we silenced any voice that said "watch out," any voice that said maybe that's not exactly how it is, maybe reality is slightly more complex. Since after all, it is not Arafat who misled us. We misled ourselves, with the help of Arafat, by willfully and with eyes closed following the genius Pied Piper of Gaza. The piper dressed like a clown, who is now calmly leading the entire Middle East straight into the river.
It's been a long time since we spoke of our justness. We have abandoned axioms one after another, we have forgotten and have been made to forget fundamental facts. But now, when the fire is licking at the walls of the house, one fundamental fact stands out as more important and clear than all the rest: in this difficult country and in this cruel part of the world, we are the minority. The besieged. We are on an uphill struggle for our very existence. ...But in the final calculation, we must not forget that we are the ones who have extended a true hand in peace. And in the final calculation, we must not forget that we are also the ones with our backs to the sea.
We are the ones who are endangered here as no other people in the world is endangered...
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