One thing which I always held dearly within my deepest thought was my ability to see the conflicts and other concerns which I had believed were being debated within Israel with an eye which could only be found in some Sabras, native Israelis from birth, and not with a Western eye, in my case an American eye. During my teens I read some editorials about Rabbi Meir Kahane and then found some materials written by the Rabbi and about the Jewish Defense League he had founded which stood for defending Israel by any means necessary. Rabbi Meir Kahane warned of a future Israel where terror and violence would become commonplace against the Jews leading to terror wars and wars with her neighbors with genocidal intents. Much to the consternation of my parents I took a great interest and made a grave misjudgment and brought up some of Rabbi Kahane’s views and was roundly reprimanded and demanded that I promise never to mention him ever again in the presence of my parents, their friends or any of the children of their friends, which in the 1960s meant not speaking of him to any of my friends, especially the Jewish friends from the neighborhood or from our synagogue. This did not prevent my reading about Rabbi Kahane and marveling at his views and depth of knowledge of Jewish Law, Torah, Bible and other writings of which I had little exposure. Perhaps should my retirement last a sufficient length with my mind intact I will be fortunate enough to remedy that problem with a patient teacher, a very patient teacher. With this bit of background it is probably not much of a challenge to believe that I was mostly shunned in almost every congregation I had belonged to in the United States and have been pleasantly thrilled with the strength and breadth of strongly Zionist Jews which I have met since making Aliyah. Perhaps this is because I chose to live in what is referred to as the periphery and nowhere near, well, as not near or far as Israel permits, from Tel Aviv and the central core which many like to believe is all of Israel. But even here where I am largely amongst people who share my all-encompassing love of Israel and firm desire to live around and be able to regularly, when the call drives me, visit any of the historic sites from Biblical times and other historic periods of Hebrew, Judean, and Israelite histories at my leisure I find the media, with a few wonderful and often brilliant exceptions, are just as condescending before the leftist views existing in Europe and around the western world.
I still feel the pangs and the disbelief and confusion when encountering news articles from the Diaspora, and especially the United States news and editorials, where the Jews reject Zionist views and question the electoral decisions, the government’s positions and anything, especially if it disagrees with their socialist, progressive world views, leaves and irreparable rift between the two societies. The most hurtful views come from those who want Israel to surrender to the whims of her enemies simply so the Jews in Europe, the United States and throughout the remainder of the western world cannot be pressed by their leftist friends and associates to explain and standup for Israeli government and Prime Minister’s opinions and political views. Probably the worst are the Jewish media personalities and especially news reporters and editorialists who write articles critical of Israel and insisting that Israel bow before her betters from around the world, also known as her critics, and demand that Israel meet the most anti-Israel, anti-Zionist and anti-Semitic demands from the Arab and Muslim world, the European Union, the United Nations and especially the demands from the most antagonistic of all present political leaders on the face of the Earth, President Obama. Before anyone jumps to demand I retract that last presumed slur, let me save you the effort and wasted time, President Obama has shown a distaste for Israel and has been attempting to force Israel to kowtow to President Obama’s preconceived notions that it should be brought low before the Arab and Muslim worlds and especially before Iran and any other Islamist supremacist entity which stands against Israel. President Obama would order that all bombing of ISIS be restricted to the fronts against Bashir al-Assad and Iraq should ISIS ever turn their savagery towards Jordan as be allowing ISIS to occupy Jordan it would then be a short jump to engage Israeli forces and potentially have some modicum of success if left to do their worst. Should such a confrontation ever come to fruition it could be expected that President Obama would once again order that the State Department in conjunction with the Department of Transportation restrict all United States air traffic into or out of Israeli air space and the cancellation of all flights in and out of Ben Gurion International Airport for the duration of the conflict and possibly once again place an intermediary step requiring the State Department sign off on any rearmaments being designated for Israel thus preventing the direct resupply of the Israeli Defense Force directly by the Pentagon as has been the routine and necessary method by agreement. These were the acts which President Obama instigated during this past summer during Operation Protective Edge which was noticed and will long be remembered by many Israelis as such a situation existing in a longer and more difficult operation could prove costly in lives, something taken very seriously as amongst the majority of Israeli Jews, we view each other as family, close family as the thousands who showed up recently for the burial of the seven Jewish siblings who were killed in a horrific and devastating house fire in Brooklyn this past weekend and were buried here in Israel. The same was more often the case for the burial of the soldiers who gave their lives in the operations unless the families requested otherwise though often many would visit the graves the next day of their own volition in order to pay their respects and say good-bye and gain closure as they felt as if their own family member was laid to rest. It is a feeling which is very difficult to describe until one experiences such closeness and interconnectedness.
I have written about the recent unnecessary protestations and inane absurdity which has defined the actions of President Obama during his Presidency and particularly since the Israeli elections and falls short of describing the disproportionate, to use a word often utilized against Israel, exaggerations made by President Obama which have not only continued day after day but are apparently gaining in their impetus with ramifications and ever growing chastened retributions levied against the entirety of Israel for the audacity of electing the candidate which President Obama and the Europeans had invested so much effort, funding, manpower, organization and leadership to defeat in favor of what were expected to be more pliable and easily managed leadership. I would apologize except I so strongly resent the use of NGOs, a State Department indirectly funded group by the name of V15 or V2015 and funded via another group name OneVoice which had received $350,000 at the least from the State Department right before the elections were officially announced but will within the time period where the coming elections had become obvious even to the most casual of observers, and was further financed either directly, through other NGOs or through OneVoice by tens if not hundreds of thousands of dollars and euros by Europeans, Americans, and even European governments many of which were from the Scandinavian areas. Had Israel ever interfered with a European’s or United States’ elections even to one-millionth of the amount that was put into defeating the reelection of Benyamin Netanyahu as Prime Minister there would have been a declared state of war and very possibly charges brought against Israel before the United Nations or one of the courts set up by the United Nations for bringing such nations interfering to such a degree to trail for their criminal efforts.
Now that the Israeli public had the overbearing chutzpah and pugnacious defiance to actually still vote for the Likud Party and other right wing, Zionist, nationalist, and religious parties such that Netanyahu would be returned to the office of Prime Minister, then Israel must be brought low and dragged through the grinder thus being torn asunder until the Israeli public rises up and demands Netanyahu’s head on a poll and new elections where this time the Israeli electorate will follow the instructive efforts of their betters electing empty shells who can be directed from New York and the United Nations, Washington D.C. and by President Obama and finally Brussels and the European Union as well as whatever input the remaining European governments decide they would demand and then wait for instructions from now and forever before ever casting a vote again. Perhaps the misunderstanding actually was unavoidable as the leaders of the western world are no longer all that familiar, for the most part, with the writings of Torah, the first five books of the Bible, the Old Testament I believe the Christians as do others refer to it, particularly in Exodus where it is repeated regularly noting that our ancestors were a stiff-necked and stubborn people that even the L0rd our G0d had difficulties gaining our ancestors’ attention and keeping them on the straight and narrow. This trait was so deeply ingrained in our ancestral personas that when Moses was a mere few hours late in returning after what he had promised would only take forty days and already evening was approaching and the start of the forty-first day that our misguided, obstinate and back-sliding instigators demanded an idol, a golden calf, and you want us to remember your distress with a certain leader which has caused you some difficult moments, sorry, we do not bend that easily even if it would be for our betterment.
Now there are many leftist Jewish columnists, editorialists and talk show hosts who have taken very stridently to calling for sanctions to be levelled against Israel and denoting their support to back President Obama in any punishment he determines is appropriate. Already we have witnessed the first strike against Israel with the claim that Israel has been spying on the Paris P5+1 negotiations with Iran and using any information gleaned through such spying to inform the United States Congress of what is occurring in the talks such that the Congress can attack President Obama and his, outside those Israeli reports, brilliant maneuvering and holding the line against the Iranian nuclear program and thus Israel is interfering in the governance of the United States just as deeply and just as furtively as the efforts to unseat Netanyahu were this making the two sides equal except the Israeli crime was more serious thus they still need further punishment. Of course it never does enter the United States mind that just as the British have been known to keep the Saudi Royals updated on the negotiations that the French might also be informing the Israelis and potentially the other members of the P5+1 might be talking to the Egyptians and others who might have an interest in the particulars and the likelihood that Iran will be left a mere hop, skip and a jump from attaining deliverable nuclear weapons and assembling an arsenal of deliverable nuclear weapons and the ballistic and intercontinental ballistic missiles with such warheads. In President Obama’s mind the culprit must be Israel as Israel with Prime Minister Netanyahu has been the bane of President Obama’s existence and the perceived source of all perversities foiling President Obama’s brilliant designs for the future world he desires to mold. What has been the central problem that many Israelis have had with President Obama has been his desire to remake the world without there being an Israel as a Jew state replaced by an Arab state called Palestine which will necessarily be free of any Jews. Where the Jews are supposed to go has not been considered. Perhaps President Obama believes as did former White House correspondent Helen Thomas who suggested when being asked for her opinion of Israel, “Tell them to get the hell out of Palestine.” She continued referring to the Arab Palestinians stating, “Remember, these people are occupied. And it’s their land.” She concluded insisting the Jews should “go home” to Poland, Germany and America. The video is below.
What neither Helen Thomas or the others who share her belief which some claim includes President Obama is where do the nearly one million Jews and their descendants who were exiled or threatened and faced violence chasing them from their homes where many of the families had resided for over a thousand years within the Arab and Muslim worlds where the vast majority lost nearly everything from their monies in bank accounts, homes, businesses, stocks, bonds and family records including art collections and everything within their homes ending up in Israel starting from scratch, many glad to just be alive. Will the world now demand that these Arab and Muslim nations including Syria, Libya, Iraq, Iran, Egypt and others now take their Jewish refugees who were welcomed and incorporated into Israeli society and would now once again be thrown out of their homes and facing having absolutely no nation willing to receive these Jews, where do such Jews turn? Would President Obama be willing to take in the just over six million Israeli Jews and give them land and homes in the United States in order to guarantee their safety once their homeland of Israel becomes untenable with the entirety coming within range of rockets fired from the Judean highlands overlooking the heavily populated center of Israel. Once the Jews have been forced from the center, that leaves the most southern parts of the Negev and the very north of the Galilee which Hezballah has promised to take at will should they ever desire to do so. Where are the Jews of Europe supposed to find refuge within the next decade as their continued residences in Europe become untenable? Will the United States then be the succor that cares for the entirety of world Jewry? How long would the United States continue to provide such safe haven for the entirety of the Jewish People? The signs of anti-Semitism have already begun to show their ramping up with bared teeth and clenched fists. Some estimate that the United States will have largely become unsafe for Jews to practice their religion as such would identify them and leave them targeted as unwanted and a danger to the societal health and general welfare. President Obama has once again made mention of his challenge for Israel to unilaterally pull back completely within the pre Six Day War, 1949 Armistice Lines, the Green Line, and then wait for the Palestinian Authority which presumably represents the Arabs in Judea and Samaria (West Bank) to then feel that Israel is ready to make a deal and they will come willingly to negotiate the final treaty. Did President Obama really think this might work and result in the Arabs thanking the Jews and recognizing Israel as the Jewish State when every week, every day, perhaps hourly somebody representing the Arab Palestinians, Muslim Brotherhood in all its forms, Iranian, Iraqi, Egyptian, Saudi Arabian or somewhere in the Arab or Muslim world, maybe every minute or second there is a call to kill the Jews, death to Israel or something quite similar. The Hamas, Hezballah, Fatah and other charters all call for removing the Jews from every inch of Muslim lands and some go further demanding the death of Jews wherever they be found but President Obama demands that the Jews leave their safety and future up to Islamic generosity which will flow like milk and honey if only Israel gives Mahmoud Abbas the small patch of land he desires of Judea and Samaria with East Jerusalem as their capital and peace will blossom and Jews and Arab Muslims will pray together on the Temple Mount and sing Kumbaya together. There will not be a steel rain falling on Tel Aviv and the surrounding metropolises bringing down skyscrapers and numerous other buildings murdering hundreds of thousands before they can escape to the periphery until Hamas strikes out of Gaza, Hezballah sweeps in from Lebanon and the Golan Heights and the Muslim Brotherhood and ISIS launch their assault from the Sinai, that will be the dance we would witness, well, for a short period unless a major miracle swept down from on high in Heaven. No thank you President Obama, we will see to our own problems and find our own solutions and leave the real problems such as ISIS and the rest of the terrorists including those answering to Tehran, you know, the terror masters who will have, if they do not already, nuclear weapons and the guided missiles on which to place them and send them to any point on Earth, yes, that will surely end well for all, won’t it. We elected our leader and he is perfectly capable of running things here as we desire and as you dislike working around Prime Minister Netanyahu, allow us to suffer his rule and the troubles and solutions which come with our elected choice. You just make speeches and leave the rest to those who have a grasp on reality, thank you.
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