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Right or Responsibility?

Tuesday, 29 April, 2014 - 9:27 am

At times, the media, and the Israeli government itself, has voiced Israel's "right to defend herself."

But in truth, the correct word in this context is "responsibility."Israelisoldiers.jpg

While the differences may seem subtle, in actuality the underlying attitudes are worlds apart:

The government has the right- implying choice- to defend its country.

The government has the responsibility- implying obligation- to defend its country.

When our loved ones' lives are in danger, is it a choice or obligation to protect them?

Comments on: Right or Responsibility?

Cathy Cole wrote...

thank you Shula for this very important distinction. It is the responsibility, or obligation, in my view, to defend one's people. There is no choice in the matter, it is simply a government duty.