Is it Moral if One Side Kills and the Other Ignores It?

Ze'ev Jabotinsky, with the prescience he showed on many issues, asked this still current question before WWII and the establishment of the state of Israel.

Ronn Torossian

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Ze’ev Jabotinsky, the Zionist prophet once asked an audience during a time of Anti-Semitic attacks in Europe, “Is a situation moral in which one side can commit any crime or murder and the other is forbidden to react?”  Then, he advised Jews to defend themselves from attacks.

A week ago, American-born Rabbi Yehuda Glick was shot at point blank range by a Palestinian Arab assassin who objected to the idea of Jews praying on the Temple Mount.  Yet, the Arabs continue to “protest” and so Israel’s Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu urges publicly to “calm matters down” as regards the Temple Mount.

Did America “calm matters down” after the World Trade Center was attacked? Or did they continue to pursue freedom as is the American way?  If Jerusalem is indeed the unified capital of Israel, then the simple answer to attacks on leaders who say Jews should be able to freely pray is to in fact allow – always – Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount. 

There is nothing radical about freedom of prayer for Jews in Jerusalem. 

There must be a change in the status quo as an attempt to assassinate Rabbi Glick must not weaken Jewish rights in Jerusalem – it must in fact strengthen them.

Jabotinsky once wrote about the disparity between Jews & Arabs:

“Jews can’t let themselves be seen on the roads of Palestine – but the Arab in Tel Aviv feels at home. He gets up in the morning and sets out and knocks on the Jews’ door and says “Good morning. I have brought some vegetables” – and nothing happens.  He’s not afraid of being harmed….. How long can this go on? Forever? Why, under such circumstances should the Arabs stop what they are doing?”

Actions must have consequences in this – and any sane – world.

As Ze’ev Jabotinsky said: “We hold that Zionism is moral and just. And since it is moral and just, justice must be done, no matter whether Joseph or Simon or Ivan or Achmed agree with it or not.”