Monday, July 10, 2006


"History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives."

Abba Eban (1915 - 2002)

Abba Eban served as Israel's foreign minister (I think) among many other positions. I think he was one of the best diplomats from Israel. He was also probably the one who had decided to behave "wisely" as he was advocating more peace than other means that both Israeli and Palestinians have tried so unsuccessfully over such a long time - that is violence.

If not anything, try to get hold of 2 or 3 video tape series that he produced. It is probably one of the best historical documentaries you can see about Israel and all the conflict around it.

With recent escalation of hostilities between Israel and Palestine in the light of kidnapped soldier, Abba Eban and his advice is very timely. It's high time both sides start to realize that long lasting peace has never been achieved with violence. Gandhi said "wrong means can never result in right end." All that they are pursuing are wrong means. So, how can there be a right end. I think Gandhi's grandson who heads Gandhian center in Tennessee had tried to initiate some peace formula based on non-violence but apparently it did not get any good response. Moreover, for everything there is timing. Gandhi did not happen in India any time other when it was the right time.


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