Israel: Philosopher's Plea

What the Torah teaches us is this: none but God can command us to destroy a man.

—Martin Buber, quoting Rabbi Mendel of Kosov (d. 1825)

The world's greatest Jewish philosopher and a pioneer Zionist, Martin Buber has lived in Jerusalem since 1938, when he fled the Nazis. Often opposed to Israel's policies (example: he advocates greater efforts to make peace with the Arabs), Buber is now in conflict with Premier David Ben-Gurion on a bitter issue: the fate of Adolf Eichmann.

Last month Buber phoned Ben-Gurion and asked permission to see him. No, the old (75) Premier told the ancient (84)...

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