The following letter appears in today’s Australian newspaper:
In reading the storm of letters and articles generated by the Independent Australian Jewish Voices group, it is hard not to recall Samuel Johnson who declared, “patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel”.
Israel is facing many problems, more than most countries. In order to cope, it needs outstanding men and women, people with vision, integrity and talent. And yes, patriots who are not refuge-seeking scoundrels.
For me the “minority” IAJV, individuals and groups in Israel like Gush Shalom (Peace Now) and also the courageous refuseniks, Israeli soldiers who conscientiously object, are those patriots.