Not a lot of comments about this one. I completely agree.
I am very worried about Israel lately. When I was growing up Israel was the accepted proof that the whole Western Civilization thing could work ANYWHERE that the people truly believed in it. Israel has my whole life been the good hearted David who triumphs again and again over the hateful Goliath. (yes, I know that a couple Jews go ballistic every few decades, so? Is that a significant comment about ISRAEL in relation to the daily assaults by many Muslims with the full support of their political leaders? In the real world?
NO. But the winds in the West are changing and the so called “Liberals” now are ruled by those who are more truly called Leftists. The West is coming more and more under the sway of minds that can only see opposition as a thing to be suppressed instead of a challenge from which we can grow.
When the Big Lies of the Arab nations that first fought for Hitler then against Israel are being accepted and spread all across the West by Leftists masking as Liberals how long will it be before even Israeli spirit and innovation cannot prevail against the alliance of the hateful with the apathetic?
This morning I was cleaning the kitchen, and listening to Jesus Christ Superstar by AndrewLloyd Webber; a wonderful skeptic’s commentary on the traditional view of Jesus. The song at the time was about Jesus supposedly foreseeing the Roman destruction of Jerusalem.
At the end comes this lyric:
If you knew all that I knew, my poor Jerusalem, You’d see the truth, but you close your eyes.
But, you close your eyes.
While you live, your troubles are many, poor Jerusalem.
To conquer death, you only have to die.
You only have to die.
At that moment, as I sang those words I began to cry. I am not Jewish. I was raised Christian (Presbyterian) but am a passionate God believing Agnostic and am just as passionately certain that ANY organized religion that feels it can put God in a box to force its followers to accept or be damned is wrong. But I also understand and accept the positive reasons we seek God, to be distinguished from the ways we use religion as a social club to sooth personal insecurities and fear of death.
As a student of history without an agenda I admire the Jews as a culture for almost the last two thousand years. When dispersed and severed from the domination of the scribes and priests (A trend that had actually been a reversal of the ancient Judaic Synagogue model.) and the rabbinical model of Hillel, and his school of Pharisees became dominant the Jewish faith truly was able to mature.
In the times of the Romans, right up until the destruction of the Temple, the Jews habitually behaved much the same as the youngest member of the Judeo-Christian family behaves; easy to offend and extremely into Tit for Tat against any real or imagined “provocation”. Put alongside them the Greeks who at that time had little true devout” passion for even their own Gods and you have a recipe for trouble.
Imagine, if you will, what would happen if you could put a few thousand Devout Muslims from rural Pakistan 2009 into the New York of 1926 as residents.
Picture the New Yorkers having a ball making fun of the silly Muslims and their rites and see the Silly Muslims taking their God and Prophet’s honor back in blood every time. That is about what things looked like in the days when both the Temple and the Romans lived lived in Jerusalem.
But then the Romans had their fill of the Jewish leadership inciting violence against any perceived insult to their Law as well as with the Greeks acting out THEIR hatred toward the Jews whether they had reason or not.
When left to themselves in their own lands they did not cause trouble without provocation and had been slowly reforming their more barbaric customs to a point where in many ways beyond the Romans in ethical reasoning. but anywhere the Greek and Jewish cultures touched, regardless of who had been there first, trouble came from both sides being unable to accept the other cultures idea of social/religious limits and duties.
Once the Romans inflicted the Diaspora however an unforeseen side effect appeared. The rabbinical paradigm, the philosophy of those who shared the view of Hillel that the ultimate expression of both God and Man is Love, took over the Jewish heart for good. The Jews went from being a classic People of the Temple following an un-forgiving “Truth” to a “People of the Book” who sought understanding instead of dominance, reconciliation rather than victory.
Even before the destruction of the Temple the Jews were famous for their scholarship, their dedication to their concept of Justice and for their constant desire to walk with God.
Afterward these traits, all of which are suppressed under a powerful priesthood, were free to blossom.
A close study of Western History will show the result. Everywhere the Jews went economic, social and scientific progress were soon to follow. Indeed there are many more examples than Nazi Germany where nations lost advantage after suppressing or expelling the Jews.
This is not, I think, due to any attachment by God to the Jewish people but to the nature of the Jewish culture itself. If you doubt my words take a map of the world and put an overlay on it that shows where Jews live shaded for population density.
Jews have been accused of fomenting this revolution or that scandal. But they also stand “accused” of more humanitarian acts than you can shake a Liberal-Fundraiser at. So what is it? To me it is very obvious. Jews are…..HUMAN. Yep they have the same strengths and weaknesses that the rest of us have. What they HAVE that is their own is their dedication to be VITAL. To seek understanding of SOMETHING and to better themselves, at least in their own eyes. The result of this is that in ANY creative, intellectual enterprise good, bad or indifferent you are likely to find Jewish people in numbers beyond their percentage in the population. It also helps that it is an essential Jewish virtue to be able to accept with gratitude all criticism. I think that is most likely from where the wonderful self-deprecating Jewish humor comes.
The Jewish Religion, other than in its most conservative (and least popular) forms, is the most “Liberal” of the big five in its relations with other faiths. Now we look at the history of Israel, a nation built by the Rabbinical Jew. An Israel built by those who mourn their Temple and hold its site Holy but who, almost to aperson, do not want to see the Priesthood revived.
This nation that was founded despite treachery and bad faith has prospered and paid the entire world back many times with inventions, inspiration and creative minds seeking to better all of humanity for their little patch of barren desert. Can any nation founded in modern times show as much to its credit on the world stage astiny Israel? Only the U.S. has given the world more in ideas and technology. But if the balance is considered by population then this Californian Patriot will have to salute the Israelis as having surpassed our own ideals.
Anyway, enough of me explaining why I support Israel and am heartsick at the thought of the U.S. freely ALLOWING the next thing to a spiritual child die at the hands of rabid dogs. Here is an excellent article by someone who both gets it and is not afraid to talk about it.
End the Arab Occupation of Israel
By Ron Breiman
From Gideon Levy to Barack Obama, from Yariv Oppenheimer to Ismail Haniyeh, from Zahava Gal-On to Tzipi Livni – they all recite the same phrase: It’s time to put an end to the “occupation.” Once the “occupation” ends, peace will be sealed. Once the Jews are expelled from the heart of their country, redemption will come to Zion. From here emerges “the solution” – two states within the tiny piece of prized property that remains, the western Land of Israel, not the Greater Land of Israel.
We would do well to recall that the PLO – the (all of!) Palestine Liberation Organization -was founded in 1964 before there was an “occupation,” “the West Bank,” “territories,” and the other political terms that were designed to disinherit the Jewish people from the heart of their country, those swaths of land that were occupied – without quotation marks – by the Jordanian army in 1948, an occupation that lasted just 19 years. The PLO’s goal was not to liberate the territories from Jordan, because those lands were in Arab hands. Rather, it aimed to liberate the “occupied” territories from the State of Israel, which lay within “the Green Line.”
We would do well to recall that the PLO never changed its spots. It failed to do so when it signed for “peace” with the naive Yitzhak Rabin, who was lured into the trap sprung for him by the Osloites. And it failed to do so when it
allegedly abrogated its charter. Even the recent Fatah conference and the statements by the “moderate” Holocaust denier, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, can attest to this. The goal was and remains to this day: the Liberation of the “occupied” territories from Israel, namely the State of Israel within the confines of the Green Line.
On the other hand, when the Osloites let Yasser Arafat and his gang of henchmen come into the heart of the country with his army of terrorists, they brought with them their own army of occupation. As things went, thanks to the shock after the Rabin assassination, the Osloites quickly handed the cities of Judea and Samaria over to the occupier, an error that the slain prime minister apparently did not intend to commit. This is how liberated territories became occupied territories, without quotation marks. In Operation Defensive Shield, the Israel Defense Forces were compelled to pay a steep price in blood to liberate the heart of the country from Arab occupation.
Most of the Arabs in the Land of Israel immigrated here after our waves of aliyah. In other words, Zionism and the prosperity it engendered spawned “the Palestinian people.” Since the Arab occupation of the Land of Israel in the seventh century, and throughout the centuries of Muslim occupation, not one of the occupiers viewed this land as anything more than a distant imperial outpost.
The demand to grant a state to Arab immigrants to this country and their army, which is stationed here thanks to the blindness of certain Jews and the nations of the world, is without foundation. It is tantamount to legitimizing a reality that was created here after the criminal act that allowed an occupying army to enter this country.
The critics’ responses are predictable: What do you propose, that the Arabs just evaporate into thin air? In contrast with the critics who espouse a racist transfer of Jews from Judea and Samaria, I reject any forcible transfer of any population group.
Perhaps there is no solution to the problem. There is certainly no solution at this point. But, this is no reason to commit suicide or sacrifice the Zionist vision on the altar of “peace.”
I do not want a bi-national state. If there is a solution, it cannot be found within the confines of just the western Land of Israel. In the long term, the solution will be a regional one that combines democracy, demography and geography. The Arabs of the Land of Israel will continue to live in their present homes and will hold Jordanian and Egyptian (for Gazans) citizenship, voting for their respective parliaments. In the long term, citizens of Jordan who comprise an overwhelming majority in eastern Transjordan will gain power in Amman. It is there that a solution will be found for their brothers who live west of the Jordan River.
But in the meantime, we must end the occupation. The Arab occupation in the Land of
The writer was
the chairman of Professors for a Strong Israel from 2001 to 2005