A very interesting interview with Richard Silverstein, about Israel and Palestine. He explains as his way of being a Zionist. He wants an Israel as fully democratic State, and does not accept apartheid.
Richard Silverstein is a MintPress analyst who has written the Tikun Olam blog since 2003, specializing in Israeli politics and US foreign affairs. Silverstein works to expose the excesses of the Israeli national security state. He breaks major news stories that are often under judicial gag or military censorship, and which may not be reported in Israel. He has been published in Haaretz, Al Jazeera English, the Forward, Christian Science Monitor, Middle East Eye, and the Seattle Times. He speaks Hebrew fluently and incorporates the Hebrew-language press into his blog and other publications. He earned a BA from Columbia University, a BHL from the Jewish Theological Seminary, and MA in Comparative Literature from UCLA. He did two years of undergraduate and graduate study at the Hebrew University. He lives in Seattle.
Richard Silverstein: I often find that ideological definitions can be a trap. While they permit one to understand the views you may hold, they often drive others away who judge someone’s value based on these phrases.
Tikun Olam is a blog which exposes the secrets of the Israeli national security state. I’ve defined national security as the single most destructive aspect of Israeli society (there are many other destructive elements worth considering as well, of course). That is why I focus on exposing gag orders and censorship that restricts freedom of speech and the press. That is why I expose the lies offered to the Israeli public by the security forces. Secrecy is an enemy of freedom and democracy. This is a concept not widely understood by most Israelis. So it’s the mission of my blog to attempt to inculcate that value within Israel.
In the long-term, I would like to see an Israeli and Palestinian people living peacefully either in a unitary state or two separate States. I would like to see a Right of Return for Palestinian refugees to Israel. I would also like to see a Right of Return for Jews, but only those suffering from imminent physical danger or overt, threatening anti-Semitism. I would like to see Jerusalem as a capital of for two peoples either in one state or two.
What is your political vision for peace in the Middle East?
I would like to see Israel integrated into the entire Middle East region: a part of it instead of a foreign implant that is alien from every state surrounding it.
I would like to see Israeli Jews honoring and respecting non-Jewish citizens and seeing them as no different. I would like to see Israeli Jews speaking Arabic the way Anglophones speak French in Quebec. I would like Israeli Jews to understand that they are part of the Middle East and not separate from it. To do so, they must embrace the prevailing Arab culture and society, and find a place for themselves within it.