Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Our remembered past: Israel & The Holocaust

As with the events of 9/11 in the U.S., a key foreign and domestic policy task of the Obama administration will be to understand the consequences and realities of the war with terrorism, but not be paralyzed or consumed by them.

A couple of weeks ago it was interesting to hear Avraham Burg, the former speaker of Israel's Knesset and the author of The Holocaust Is Over; We Must Rise From its Ashes make a heartfelt plea to his countrymen: remember the past, but do not be its slaves; pathology is neither patriotism nor statecraft. His story is a compelling and eloquent cri de coeur from a veteran of Israel's wars and politics and one we'd all to well to remember and learn from.

My conversation with Avraham Burg: