The next war scares me even more, and it's not against Hezbollah or Iran
"I still estimate, hope, that most Israelis prefer to live in a democracy. The problem is: They are certain that democracy is here forever, can be taken for granted, is secure. Therefore, they observe the writing on the wall with eyes wide shut," writes Yoel Esteron
Yoel Esteron | 09:32 23.05.2021
The next war scares me even more than the previous war. The next war that scares me most of all isn't a military conflict replete with rockets with Hezbollah or Iran. It isn't the violent clashes between the Jewish majority and the Muslim minority in Israel either. No, the next terrible war that may break out is between Israelis that believe in democracy and those that despise democracy. Iran and its extensions won't defeat us. We may defeat ourselves. Israeli literature is full of dystopian visions - from Amos Kenan's "The Road to Ein Harod" through Yitzhak Ben Ner's "Angels are Coming" and up to Arik Cherniak's "Hero". For many years I read these frightening books with remoteness and mistrust. Have we reached these stages of horror? Not yet. But I'm less certain that these are just nightmares that are washed away come morning by the bright azure of Startup Nation, the Israeli miracle, and so on.