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You can’t solve a race problem until both sides own their guilt. Let’s not follow the American route.

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Let’s be brutally honest. Let’s call it out for what it is. We have a full blown race war playing out on the streets of Israel.

It’s easy to take sides. It’s easy to blame ourselves out of a sense of decency hoping the other side will bear their share of the guilt. The problem is it’s easy to be decent and apologize out of a sense of moral decency, even though the other side is as guilty as sin for what they are doing, in order to hopefully restore peace. But that doesn’t cut it, as we see in America.

Believe me, it’s easy to tote up the score and point red cards at the other side. That’s an easy game to win, but that won’t cut it if we want to restore calm and reunite the country. The other side must shape up as well.

You can’t solve a race problem until both sides own their guilt. Not one side. Both sides. That didn’t happen in America. And they won’t find peace and absolution until that happens. The other side simply smells weakness and goes on the offensive. That’s what is happening in America.

So let’s not follow the American route. 

In their case the blacks, for whatever justification, have gone on the rampage and are taking their hate out on the whites as if they, the blacks, are innocent victims. And the whites are sucking it up, behaving as if they are guilty as sin even if they don’t have a racist bone in their body. That’s not the way to solve their problem. The whites are being fed wholesale lies and they are accepting the guilt complex, claiming sins they do not possess. 

That’s not strength. That’s a weakness. That’s not honesty. That’s self-induced fraud, the worst type of fraud you can possess. But don’t say this openly. You will be branded a racist and extremist for expressing common sense.

This does not solve problems. It merely exacerbates them. This must not happen in Israel. It must not happen in Israel for existential reasons.

Here, in Israel, most people, on both sides of the divide, are generally decent, hard-working people, now struggling with a problem in which both sides have their share of guilt.

But you don’t solve the problem by duking it out on the street. You don’t solve the problem by letting mobs torch other people’s property. You certainly don’t solve the problem by taking the law into your own hands and go hunting for the vulnerable other in order to lynch him. You don’t solve the problem by destroying the other’s places of worship. And you don’t solve the problem by going after the men and women in uniform who are there to restore calm even if it means isolating violent instigators and, if necessary, arresting them for their crimes against society.

And you certainly don’t solve the problem by elevating the violent into some sort of social justice warrior while denigrating the other side as racist. Neither side are victims. They are cowardly bullies and thugs that hunt in packs.

Here in Israel we must call both sides of this thuggery the racists that they are.

Let’s not be America. Let’s be honest here. Let’s call a spade the bloody shovel that it is. There is racism going on – on both sides of the street war here in Israel.

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This is not a one sided battle between good and evil. Both sides are evil. And it will take affirmative action, on both sides of the political divide, to put their differences aside and address the problem together.

This is the only way we can get on top of it and eradicate it. With brutal, non-violent, honesty on both sides. Even if it means we have to be as brutally honest with ourselves as with the other.

That did not happen in America. Let’s not make the same mistake here in Israel.

The unique difference between us in Israel and America is the additional problem we have of the very real existential threats of enemies who share the same racist hatred we see acted out by one side of the street battle. Both sides hate and want to kill based on race as do our external enemies. It makes us feel even more vulnerable. But this makes it all the more imperative to get on top of our internal problem swiftly and effectively by calling on both sides to sit together and control their side of the street. 

It’s time for domestic unity, as we have never had it before.

Barry Shaw is the International Public Diplomacy Director at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.

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