I am an Israeli and a Zionist. I believe in the right of my country to exist, as the homeland of the Jewish people. In my writing, in Vingle and elsewhere, I talk allot about social justice as a universal concept, so it may surprise some of the readers that I should write something with such a patriotic tone, especially about a country that its right to exist is often put under doubt. But for me, there is no contradiction between the two, and in this card, I will try to explain why. Let me start by saying that if I was not living in Israel, and I was made to believe that there is a country called Palestine, that is occupied by another country called Israel, in the name of some racist ideology called Zionism, I am pretty sure that I would be an avid and probably quite loud anti Zionist. But that is of course not the case. There are allot of vicious lies being spread about Israel and Zionism, and I think it should be the concern of anyone who cares about justice and truth, that these are spread so easily, many times by main stream media. Anti Zionist propaganda is based on showing the wall that was built to protect Israel from suicide bomber attacks, or on completely out of context pictures of barefoot children in Gaza, etc. These falsified and one sided images are completely ignoring a reality in which almost constant violent attacks of extremists try to brutally interfere with a delicate but surprisingly viable fabric of coexistence of multiple ethnical and cultural groups, within a rather small country. This coexistence is the mainly untold truth about life in Israel - a life that couldn't exist without Zionism. Let me describe to you a typical scene that I may see around me, on the train to work and back everyday. In the 2 seats opposite to me, there are two soldiers in their field uniforms, carrying their assault guns. On the sits across from us, 3 young Muslim women are speaking rather loudly in Arabic. One of them is wearing traditional black clothes and a white hyjab. The other two are wearing modern clothes and colorful hyjabs that look more like scarfs, An elderly Orthodox Jewish man in his black suit and traditional hat is sitting in the fourth chair near them. Looking further into the train car, I can see a young blond student reading a textbook in economics. She is sitting by a young soldier of Ethiopian origin in staff uniform of the Israeli air force. And it goes on and on. An amazingly diverse group of people, that you just couldn't see sharing the same train car, if the propaganda about Israel was true. If those venomous lies were true, you'd see everybody at each other's throat, or maybe you'd see separate cars for Jewish and Muslims, or for men or women, or go figure what. Less than a century and a half ago, the area trough which the train that I take to work is going, was an unhabitable swamp land. And then in 1878, a small group of Jewish entrepreneurs decided that it is time for the Jewish people to reclaim their historical homeland. They were Orthodox Jews form Jerusalem and Jaffa, but what drove them, and those who followed them in the process that brought to the birth of the Zionist movement, was not a religious revelation or a mystic vision, but rather a very realistic sense of an impending doomsday. They were the first to realize that unless Jews will take their destiny into their own hands, the Jewish people will extinct. Zionism is not, as it often portrayed, a European movement, started by Ashkenazi Jews in an attempt to force their convictions on others, Jewish and not Jewish. Zionism was from its beginning a natural step forward in the evolution of a group of people who saw themselves as a moral beacon for all mankind, this is why the Zionist movement have adopted from its birth, the most advanced moral beliefs and standards of its time. In spite of the fact that the grim faith of the Jewish people, especially in Europe, starting at the late decades of the 19th century was reason enough for the establishment of the Jewish homeland, the Zionists movement has never saw that as enough and Israel, as the realisation of the Zionist idea, does not think it is enough to this day. Not even under a government that is considered by many as one of right wing hardliners. If we did, if we were not constantly taking upon ourselves the challenge of maintaining a higher moral standard, you would not see the scene, I see in my train ride to work every day. So maybe the global moral lesson that being an Israeli and a Zionist have taught me, the lesson that I want to share with you, is that the real struggle today in the world is between those who aspire to maintain the delicate and complex fabric of a viable society, to those who try to violently promote oversimplified and false ideas of cultures of death. It's not easy to decide which side to take, unless you can understand that it's not really a choice. Can you see that?