“By setting himself apart from others, the ego moves away from being.” Martin Buber, I-Thou, 1923

Commentary: The Israeli government claims to be acting to protect her people, but is acting unjustly with the Palestinians — occupying their land. The dominant forces driving Israel are seeking identity and freedom in ways that are material and apart from God, while claiming to be biblical.

“You have developed among you a dangerous Messianic spirit…I have learnt from my own experience that the sword alone offers no solution…Israel will not survive as a democratic state if she continues being a society that occupies another nation.” Ariel Sharon, presenting his Gaza plan to the Knesset, 25 October 2004