State of denial is a cancer at the very heart of Israel
THOSE of us of a certain vintage, in our younger and perhaps more innocent days, were unabashed supporters of Israel. We saw it as a tiny fledgling democracy, perpetually fighting its neighbours, defending its very existence.
And, of course, the threatened extermination of the Jewish race during World War Two provided a haunting background to its very foundation.
So many Holocaust survivors sought a safe homeland in those ancient Biblical lands. For many of us, this provided moral justification for some of the bloody deeds carried out in setting up the new state.