Wrong Answer

9 Shevat 5776 Jerusalem Hanoch Ne’eman (c)

Yesterday an Arab killed one of our sisters in her home. Today our PM said we will find the killer and make him pay for his crime. That is not the right answer. A better response is that we will find him, and put him, and all his family in jail, until perhaps, some other country is willing to take his family.

Not fair? As Yoram Hazoni writes in his book on The Book of Esther, The Dawn, were all ten sons of Haman which Mordechai had hung with their father necessarily Jew haters themselves? Maybe not. But that is not the criteria. The criteria, in politics, is what will convince your enemies that it is not worth their while for them to mess with you?

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