'He Who is Compassionate to the Cruel Will Ultimately Become Cruel to the Compassionate': Contemporary Lessons from an Ancient Midrash

ACPR POLICY PAPER NO. 124 (2001)

12 Pages Posted: 29 Sep 2015

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Eliav Shochetman

Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Faculty of Law

Date Written: 2001

Abstract

The popular folk saying asserts, “He who becomes compassionate to the cruel will ultimately become cruel to the compassionate.” This adage, whose origins are in the Midrash of our Sages (see below), is utilized these days regarding the government’s treatment of Arab terrorism, since the beginning of the present wave of violence, called “intifada”, which has lasted more than twelve years with no end in sight. More specifically, the reference is to the government’s treatment of terrorism since the signing of the Oslo Accords, as on the one hand, it declares its commitment to a continued war on terrorism, while at the very same time, supplies weapons to organizations which have not abandoned the path of terrorism and refrains from targeting individuals with whom they are engaged in “peace” negotiations, though those same individuals are responsible for the continued terrorist activity against Israel.

Keywords: Midrash, Shochetman, Arab, Israel, conflict, terror, intifada, Oslo

Suggested Citation

Shochetman, Eliav, 'He Who is Compassionate to the Cruel Will Ultimately Become Cruel to the Compassionate': Contemporary Lessons from an Ancient Midrash (2001). ACPR POLICY PAPER NO. 124 (2001). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2666414

Eliav Shochetman (Contact Author)

Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Faculty of Law ( email )

Mount Scopus
Mount Scopus, IL 91905
Israel

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