President Rivlin: Israeli society 'sick with violence'

Israel is suffering from an epidemic of violence that must be treated, the country’s President Reuven Rivlin said

President Rivlin: Israeli society 'sick with violence'

World Bulletin/News Desk

The time has come to admit that Israel is a sick society, with an illness that demands treatment, President Reuven Rivlin said at the opening session on Sunday of a conference on From Hatred of the Stranger to Acceptance of the Other.

According to Jerusalem Post report, the President said about Jews: “I’m not asking if they’ve forgotten how to be Jews, but if they’ve forgotten how to be decent human beings. Have they forgotten how to converse?”

“It is time to honestly admit that Israeli society is sick – and it is our duty to treat this disease. The tension between Jews and Arabs within the State of Israel has risen to record heights, and the relationship between all parties has reached a new low,” he said, as cited by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.
He added that he personally endured verbal abuse, including on his Facebook page.

In Israel, a group of Jewish nationalists was arrested after abducting and burning alive an Arab teenager in revenge for the crime against Jewish teens. Three people were inducted and reportedly planned to plead insanity during the trial.

The tension escalated into a seven-week military campaign that claimed an estimated 2,200 lives, most of them Palestinian civilians.

Today almost 75 percent of Israeli Jews oppose the creation of a Palestinian state along the lines of 1967, according to a poll published by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Ekim 2014, 12:13