The tragedy of modern Israel is failure on the part of its leaders to understand that the nation of Israel is among the problems festering in the Middle East, but its presence also offers hope of solving some of these problems. Several months ago, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan told Israel’s President Peres that “you(Jews) know well how to kill” and the Jewish state was “a festering boil in the Middle East that spreads hate and emnity.” Ironically,Turkey for half a century was the best friend to Israel, but due to blunders on the part of Prime Minister Netanahu, it became an enemy.
Israel is not THE source of violence in the region, but it is A source. Failure on the part of Israel to accept its responsibility for problems is A major problem. The region has many other sources of violence:
Syria has killed 2,000 over the past few months.
Turkey has killed thousands of Kurds.
The Sudan has killed over a million people.
During the 1990s, at least 200,000 were killed in Algeria.
But, Israel, using diplomacy, some humility, can set an example of accepting responsibility for its mistakes and working to foster peace. Saying, “I’m Sorry” will not terminate the state of Israel.