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It Takes Two

by Rabbi Shlomo Chein


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They say, “It takes two to fight.”

The news media and pacifists seem to revel in that saying, constantly portraying the Middle East crisis as a continuation of an ongoing “cycle of violence”—equating attacks perpetrated with the specific intent of murdering civilians with military attacks that accidentally kill bystanders or human shields.

How true is the adage about needing two to fight? Why does it take two to fight?

1) If there is only one party involved, there is no one to fight with!

2) If there are two parties inolved, but only one is "throwing the punches" and the other doesn’t respond— for some reason, that is not considered a fight.

So, does it really take two to fight? Perhaps, to some warped extent.

Here is a take-two for “it takes two”:

It takes two to make peace!

You can only have peace with one who wants peace with you. Try making peace with an attacking bear. Try having peace with a hurricane. Try to have peace with a malignant tumor.

Try having peace with a sworn enemy.

You can’t. And neither can you avoid the fight!

To survive you will have to fend off the bear, brave out the storm, and fight the cancer. And when your country is threatened and attacked by a sworn enemy you have to fight.

The problem is Israel, like every other peace-loving county, does not want to fight.

Every prime minister in Israel’s history has been willing to sit around the peace table. For the past fifteen years, each and every Israeli prime minister has offered peace initiatives. Most offered, and made, extremely “painful concessions for peace”.

Land has been offered to Syria and the Palestinians. Israel has withdrawn from Lebanon and the Gaza Strip. Billions of dollars has been given by Israel to organizations that (formerly and/or currently) swore to destroy it.

So why isn’t there peace in the region?

Because it takes two to make peace!

When a people decline peace time and again, when its children are being educated to believe there is a wonderful value in war and violence, when its elected officials openly state they want destruction, they are bound to receive the chaos they wish to inflict. And when they do receive it they have only themselves to blame.


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