There Is No Friend/Enemy Distinction in Israel & Palestine (May 2019)

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Until proven otherwise, after the latest round of bloodletting after the latest round of bloodletting right before the elections in Israel, it is more than clear that there is no friend/enemy distinction in Israel and Palestine. The friend/enemy distinction is a childish piece of theory. More cynical and to the core, in Israel and Gaza between Netanyahu and Hamas, there is no fast and firm distinction between enmity and cooperation. Publicly committed to the destruction of the other, they do nothing of the sort, because the one relies on the other as much as the other relies on the one, while the people in Gaza and the south of Israel suffer. Against Carl Schmitt, who coined the friend/enemy distinction as the “concept of the political,” Buber understood that political relations are too labile to fit such a hard binary conceptualization.

About zjb

Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics. http://religion.syr.edu
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1 Response to There Is No Friend/Enemy Distinction in Israel & Palestine (May 2019)

  1. dmf says:

    yes they need each other and down we all go with them

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