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By Alick Isaacs

Challenging deeply held convictions approximately Judaism, Zionism, battle, and peace, Alick Isaacs's strive against adventure within the moment Lebanon conflict provoked him to go looking for the way of reconciling the belligerence of faith with its messages of peace. In his insightful readings of the texts of Biblical prophecy and rabbinic legislation, Isaacs attracts at the writings of Ludwig Wittgenstein, Jacques Derrida, Abraham Joshua Heschel, and Martin Buber, between others, to suggest an bold imaginative and prescient of religiously encouraged peace. Rejecting the proposal of Jewish theology as a fan of warfare and vengeance, this eloquent and relocating paintings issues to the ways that Judaism could be a route to peace. A Prophetic Peace describes an instructional venture referred to as speaking Peace whose goal is to carry members of other perspectives jointly to proportion various understandings of peace.

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Israel Yuval, “Vengeance and Damnation, Blood and Defamation” My second example is perhaps a more radical offshoot of the comparative method. 14 The shift in attitude that I am describing is connected, at least in part, to the maturation of an ironic and complex consciousness of Jewish sovereignty. The result has been a steadily growing number of studies that draw attention to the phenomenon of Jewish violence against others (Jews and Gentiles) in the past. indd 26 A Prophetic Peace 7/5/11 11:35 AM an especially helpful example of this because the author openly acknowledges his sense that his work is contemporary and relevant.

It stands at odds with the deep political interest in war and conflict that Hegel understood and perhaps even celebrated when he wrote: Perpetual peace is often demanded as an ideal to which mankind should approximate. Thus, Kant proposed a league of sovereigns to settle disputes between states, and the Holy Alliance was meant to be an institution more or less of this kind. But, the state is an individual, and negation is an essential component of individuality. Thus, even if a number of states join together as a family, this league, in its individuality, must generate opposition and create an enemy.

The Middle East conflict is about more than territory, economics, limited resources, nationalism, sovereignty, and power. The prophecies of Isaiah, Jesus, and Muhammad are at stake here. These ultimate visions that lurk behind the scenes of the conflict are blocked from emerging onto the stage of political reality by each other and by any number of intractable difficulties and obstacles that lie in the way of their realization. It is perhaps a dangerous thing to force an illusion of clarity on a situation filled with such enigmas, but this is what politicians and diplomats must do to reach agreements.

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