Benjamin Netanyahu has said that any long term peace agreement must include the recognition of Israel as a Jewish state.
It sounds a reasonable enough request.
After all, Israel is only about one sixth of one percent of the land of the Middle East. The Jewish people have a longer association with that land than any other ethnic or religious group. For most of the last four thousand years, Jews have been a majority of the population there.
Being a Jewish state has not stopped people of any other ethnic or religious group from having full and equal rights under Israeli law. It is the only country in the Middle East where such equality under the law can be taken for granted.
Israel is surrounded by countries which describe themselves as Arab nations and muslim nations. No one, including Israel, suggests this is inappropriate, or that such states do not have the right to exist.
So how can Israel’s request that its neighbours recognise it as a Jewish state possibly be a deal breaker in peace negotiations?
A bloke who had been trying to break into a neighbour’s house with an axe is in a critical condition after being shot in the neck.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crimestoppers.
But as one commenter to the Courier Mail story points outs, why contact Crimestoppers? The crime was stopped.
The article is worth reading for the comments alone.
Let’s just say the burglar, if you can call someone who tries to break down your door with an axe a burglar, gets no sympathy at all. And nor do limp wristed ‘Oh dear you poor thing, no wonder you felt you had to bash that old lady’ family therapy type judges.
Maybe the judiciary is a bit out of touch with community standards?
Of course we don’t know the whole story. Maybe the guy was just coming over to help the kids with their homework, and it was all a misunderstanding.
But I have to admit, if someone was breaking into my house with an axe and I had a gun handy, I don’t think I’d spend much time meditating on the moral or legal issues involved in using a weapon to defend my home and my family.