Monday, April 27, 2009

יום הזכרון

על כל אלה
שמור נא לי אלי הטוב
על הדבש ועל העוקץ
על המר והמתוק
אל נא תעקור נטוע
אל תשכח את התקוה
השיבני ואשובה
אל הארץ הטובה

"It is true we have won all our wars, but we have paid for them. We don't want victories anymore."


At 4/27/09, 10:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Right, because people are ever "forced" into killing.

At 4/27/09, 10:29 PM, Blogger Eli7 said...

No, people are certainly never forced into killing. I remembered the quote a little differently, and I almost didn't put it up because it is controversial and doesn't necessarily mirror my feelings exactly. But the sentiment that Israelis are distraught not only by the lives we've lost but by the fact that as soldiers we kill others, have become killers, is one that I like. That we recognize the value of human life and are sad that we lose it on either side of the battlefield is worthwhile.

That there is wrongness and pain and fault on both sides of the battlefield I also take as a given. I certainly do not think the state of Israel is blameless.

At 4/28/09, 5:01 AM, Blogger Eli7 said...

I took down the quote that Anonymous is referring to--the Golda Meir quote about being able to forgive for killing our sons but not for making our sons killers. I took it down because I felt uncomfortable with the way it could be misinterpreted here as a political statement. The only thing I meant by it is that on Israel's Memorial Day, there is mourning not only for the fallen soldiers but also for a situation that has made them into soldiers in the first place.

At 4/29/09, 9:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for being so cognizant.


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