Here’s a hypothetical.
Let’s say you’re not crazy about your best friend’s boyfriend. He has done some things of which you don’t approve. And let’s say that your friend breaks up with her boyfriend, and proceeds to complain about him to you. You might be tempted to open the floodgates and tell her what an asshole you have always thought he was. After all, she started it. And if she started it, then it must be okay.
Trouble with that is that the next thing you know, she’s back together with him, and now you’ve been heard talking trash about your friend’s boyfriend.
Maybe it’s your fault for seeing a crevice and turning it into a cravasse. Or maybe, just maybe, your friend shouldn’t have opened the door in the first place.
I should have thought about that before talking trash about my own “boyfriend”. Well not exactly talking trash. But raising questions. Questions that can be seen as an invitation to open those floodgates.
So, chalk it up to a learning experience. Now I know why Jews are not “allowed” to question Israel’s actions with respect to the ongoing dispute with those who would lay claim to the land which was theirs from the beginning of recorded time, without incurring the wrath of fellow Jews. Now I know why the support of Israel must be an all or nothing proposition. Now I know why the rabbi at my temple is so widely criticized for encouraging debate on the topic of Israel’s use of violence to defend their turf.
There simply is no room for a Jew to open up that debate. The market is cornered by those who would put words in our mouths about blah blah blah the Holocaust, as if any Jew ever offered the Holocaust as a reason for any military action by Israel, as if Israel were motivated by nothing more than vengeance against an absent third party.
We never said that. And really, it just obscures the real issues.
Give an inch, some will take a yard. Leave the door open a crack, let the looters pillage. It’s sad really. I will stick to yoga and housewife talk from now on, lest I see anymore ugliness for which I am ill prepared.
Happy New Year!