Israel / Six-Day War

“Those who remember the physical insecurity of the pre-’67 borders largely accept the moral insecurity of the post-’67 realities as easier to tolerate”

For the Jewish people, the Six-Day War entailed a trade of mythology for security — well, that is a choice most Jews who live in and care about the State of Israel would happily make over and over again. This point is lost on many anti-occupation activists: The moral challenges brought about by the war and the resulting occupation, which can be summarized under the heading of bartering the morality of “power as means of survival” for “power as a moral crucible,” are very arguably worth their cost. Those who remember the physical insecurity of the pre-’67 borders largely accept the moral insecurity of the post-’67 realities as easier to tolerate. Most, too, will unblinkingly jettison the comical idealization of “homelessness” in exchange for the gifts of a little bit of breathing room.

Yehuda Kurtzer, “Unsettled”, Tablet (5 June 2017) [http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/235527/unsettled-2]