A.B Yehoshua has lost his patience with Gideon Levy, and says so in an open letter published in Haaretz. Yehoshua, for those who may not know, is the oldest of our "three writers", an unofficial group which also includes Amos Oz and David Grossman, probably the country's top three novelists, who band to gather from time to time to comment on political events. Their comments, of course, are always from the left; all three identify with the Palestinian plight, look forward to the dismantling of the settlements, and make public statements in favor of a Palestinian State in the 1967 borders. All three have engaged personally in numerous dialogue exercises with Palestinians and have been doing so for decades.
Yehoshua is supposed to be in Gideon Levy's corner. But he isn't. He brings the full force of his trade - a wordsmith - to explain why.
The doleful thought sometimes crosses my mind that it is not the children of Gaza or of Israel that you are pining for, but only for your own private conscience. Because if you are truly concerned about the death of our children and theirs, you would understand the present war - not in order to uproot Hamas from Gaza but to induce its followers to understand, and regrettably in the only way they understand in the meantime, that they must stop the firing unilaterally, stop hoarding missiles for a bitter and hopeless war to destroy Israel, and above all for the sake of their children in the future, so they will not die in another pointless adventure.Read the whole thing.
After all, now, for the first time in Palestinian history, after the Ottoman, British, Egyptian, Jordanian and Israeli conquests, part of the Palestinians has gained a first and I hope not a last piece of land on which they are to maintain a full and independent government. And if they start building, developing and pursuing social endeavors, even according to Islamic religious law, they will prove to the whole world, and especially to us, that the moment we terminate the occupation they will be ready to live in peace with their surroundings, free to do as they wish, but also responsible for their deeds.