Rabbi to CNN: ‘Blind Loyalty to Israeli’ Military Is Subversion of Jewish Message

‘Israel’s continued occupation of the West Bank ... has been a policy of oppression and domination without any serious attempt to negotiate a final peace agreement’

Rabbi to CNN: ‘Blind Loyalty to Israeli’ Military Is Subversion of Jewish Message (Mediaite)

Rabbi Michael Lerner told CNN Thursday morning that the Jewish ideals of compassion and empathy had gotten lost in Israel’s military campaign against Hamas, and argued that Jews should have greater freedom to criticize Israel without being labelled “self-hating.”

“Judaism came into the world as a critique of the empire and the view of the world that says that security can be achieved through domination and power over others,” Lerner said. “Unfortunately Israel’s continued occupation of the West Bank and blockade of Gaza has been the opposite, it has been a policy of oppression and domination without any serious attempt to negotiate a final peace agreement.”

Lerner called Hamas a terrorist organization, but argued that the larger battle in Gaza was a “people’s rebellion” against the Israeli blockade.

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