Losing in a theory of games.

Here are some excerpts from an article in Haaretz; it features Professor Robert (Yisroel) Aumann, the recent Israeli-American Nobel Prize winner for his extensive game theory efforts, explaining why he believes Israel may not make it in the long term:

“Too many Jews don’t understand why they are here… If we don’t understand why we are here, and that we are not America or just a place in which to live, we will not survive… The desire to live like all the nations will sustain us maybe another 50 years, if we are still here.”

Ah yes. We are our own undoing. It doesn’t take a Nobel Prize winner to figure it out, though. Israelis and the Jewish people at large have let themselves be overcome with ignorance and apathy to our land, way of life, and nation as a whole.

Professor Aumann cites the disengagement from Gaza as a “tactical and ethical mistake” that gave the Palestinians the wrong message, and a core sign of our eventual loss:

Looking at the other side is an important element of game theory… The Arabs’ understanding in the wake of the expulsion was that they had succeeded, and that they have to continue on the same path. The expulsion transmitted the message that we can be moved even from Tel Aviv, and not just from Gush Katif… Last summer we set back peace and understanding with our neighbors… No words will convince them that we intend to stay here forever.”

It is hard to envision this country thriving through another generation or two, and for me, it has less to do with Arab or Persian threats than it does our own brotherly stupidity. The biggest threat to the Jewish people is the Jewish people; always has been, and it continues to loom over us like a cloud of dark smoke rising from the ashes of the Second Temple.






  1. Vanderknowledge Avatar

    Your nation must keep its faith. Not in itself but in the God of Israel. He hasn’t forgotten you nor has he forgotten the words he gave the Holy Prophets. There is work to be done for sure but it is not in the people off God but in the God of the people. He is the potter. He made you a great nation. Remember that. Don’t do as many of your ancient fathers had done. Forget him and follow not in His ways. It is time for young and old to return to Him now that you have returned to the land. Last but certainly not least, look again on a Prophet named Jesus. That will bring completion. He is the third Temple.
    Patric Vanderbeck

  2. Yoel.Ben-Avraham Avatar

    I read the distinguished professors words and think, unlike he does (in Mathematical models) in terms of historical processes.

    Israel is a young country, as countries go – still experiencing a kind of adolescence. With adolescence comes a period of “Identity Crisis” and a “Rebellion” to established traditions. Once weathered, there is every liklihood that the vast majority of the People of Israel who live in the Land of Israel will clarify their collective identity and with that clarity their reason for living in this place at this time!

    In retrospect historians will explain why this process was a natural possibly inevitable result of all kinds of factors. Simple Jews will understand that the ‘hand’ of HaShem was always with us! Moreover ALL the trials and tribulations were an intentional part of the process!

    We have nothing to fear except fear itself, and like my children teach me time after time, An eternal People are not afraid of a long journey!

  3. eliesheva Avatar

    Thanks for the perspectives…

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