Do Not Say: Traitor!

[From Ma'ayanei Yeshu'a – Parashat Netzavim-Vayelech 5769]

Don't call a leftist a traitor, because if you call him a traitor, then you are a traitor.
Don't call a leftist a traitor, because he loves the Nation of Israel no less than you, but he has different consideration about what should be the correct path for the Nation, the Land and the State.
Don't call him a traitor, because he wears the Tzahal uniform, he endangers himself for your sake, is killed for your sake and is buried for your sake with blood stains on his holy olive-colored uniform.
Don't say: traitor, because you cannot call half the Nation of Israel, more or less, by this name.
Don't say: traitor, because you hurt the Nation of Israel, you destroy the State of Israel.
I'll tell you a secret, do you know what he thinks of you? That you hurt the Nation and destroy the State of Israel. It is truly unbelievable that he thinks this, it is unbearable and unjust. I'll tell you another secret – he thinks your opinion is unbelievable, unbearable and unjust. This will certainly insult you that he dares not to see things like you – but he is also liable to be insulted by what you think. Sometimes, a small amount of objectivity is quite helpful in life.
And who is the enemy? The one who wants to kill you and eradicate the State. He is the enemy, not the Jew who does not agree with you – he is your brother.
It is possible that he is mistaken. It is possible that he is confused. It is possible that he is a "Tinok She-Nishba" (a Jew who did not receive a proper Jewish upbringing and education) because of the foreign winds which blow today – it is almost certain, but he is not a traitor.
Be careful with your temper, if you call him a traitor, perhaps you are the traitor.
Perhaps it is preferable to call him: my brother, my friend.
Perhaps it is preferable to remember that we are one Nation.
Perhaps it is preferable to search for the positive in each person.
Perhaps it is preferable to listen to what he has to say – not through the media, but directly, face-to-face.
You should know, the Nation will continue with all of us together. The State will continue with all of us together – and you will remain alone outside the camp.
Therefore, don't say: traitor.