Moral clarity from a great mind (and the kind of Judaism that thrives on equality, not occupation):
Israel’s greatest enemies are those who support its decline into moral degeneration and destruction, philosopher and political activist Noam Chomsky has told an audience in Dublin.
Chomsky, who is retired professor of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said Israel was once a civilised society similar to those found in Scandinavia. Now, however, that has changed. There is high inequality just as in the US, and the social security system has collapsed, he said.
In the 1970s, he said, Israel had a choice between security within its existing borders and expansion into settlements and it chose expansion.
It was not possible to carry out the military occupation this required and at the same time maintain elementary moral values. “The worst enemies of Israel were those supporting it. What they were in fact supporting was its moral degeneration and ultimate destruction,” said Chomsky.