23.08.2011 23.Aw-Elul, 5771
Israeli writer tells French newspaper that the Arab states had not demonstrated goodwill toward Israel 'just as we have not demonstrated such intentions toward them'.
Israeli writer David Grossman has no faith in the good intentions of the Arab countries, according to an interview he gave last month to the French daily, Liberation. "The Jews are a minority in the Middle East and therefore I don't preach pacifism or suggest forgoing a strong army," Grossman said in an interview to mark the publication of the French-language edition of his book, "To the End of the Land."
Grossman told the French newspaper that the Arab states had not demonstrated goodwill toward Israel "just as we have not demonstrated such intentions toward them," adding: "Therefore, we need a strong army, but not of the sort that it is the only means that will sustain us here. That would transform the army into a means unto itself, rather than a tool that would ensure a better life….