"The current outbreak of violence, on both sides of the Green Line, also has roots that aren’t religious (nationalism, the occupation, economics, demography, despair, frustration, populism), but religion serves as the chief instigator. Karl Marx, who was right about so many things, was wrong when he termed religion “the opiate of the masses.” Opiates have a calming effect. In the Holy Land, as in other places, religion is the gunpowder of the masses, and elected officials on both sides are putting matches to it."
Gott ist eine starke Marke, meint Uri Misgav in seinem Haaretz-Kommentar (14. Oktober) zur religiösen Komponente in der jüngsten Gewalt. Wenn es ihn gäbe, so Misgav, würde er diesen Wahnsinn nicht zulassen.