SOLAR PLEXUS is committed to the survival and safety of Israel in whatever form it and its citizens decide freely for themselves. Our hope is that in time Israel can become more fully a democracy in which all its diverse population feel safe and welcome, free to exercise their chosen way of life with due respect for the rights and dignity of others.
SOLAR PLEXUS will provide news and hard, factual analysis of matters pertaining to Israel and the Middle East and counter the shallow and biased versions being propagated by much of the mainstream newspapers. It will contain audiovisual material and links to useful sites for further reliable information. The blog is intended to be serious but not dull.
The regional conflict is between a small, imperfect but remarkable Jewish democracy and backward, extremist, xenophobic cultures possessing, at best, only rudimentary understanding and even less commitment to the rights of the individual, democracy and religious and cultural diversity. It is at its core a Darwinian war between different concepts of civilization with global implications.
The outcome has enormous implications for humanity and Israel at the moment is the litmus test of democratic resilience.
Mike Berger (SOLAR PLEXUS)