Op-Ed: A Time of Miracles
Prof. Phyllis CheslerThe writer is the author of fifteen books, including Women and Madness, Woman's Inhumanity to Woman, and The New Anti-Semitism. She has published three studies about honor killing and is work on a fourth. Her new book, An American Bride in Kabul, (Palgrave Macmillan) has just been published to great acclaim. Professor Chesler may be reached at her website www.phyllis-chesler.com
We are living at a time in history when the demonization of the Jews and of the Jewish state has become a fait accompli. The Big Lies have been internationalized and legalized; the poisonous propaganda has begun its real work as Jewish blood flows in the streets and the world’s heart remains indifferent or worse--joyous.
But, we are also living in an era of unending miracles.
Remember when five Arab armies attacked the tiny Jewish state—and lost?
Remember when they tried it again in 1967—and lost?
Remember how they attacked us in 1973 and despite heavy casualties, Israel triumphed and our enemies lost?
Remember the siege of bombings, airplane hijackings, and terror attacks that Arafat planned and executed? He is dead but the security fence and the Jewish state are still standing.
Remember how Saddam Hussein rained SCUD missiles down on Israel but, except for one poor man who had a heart attack, there were no mass casualties? Saddam is dead, the Jewish state is standing still.
What about the rescue of little Moshe Hertzberg in the midst of the Mumbai massacre? How are we to understand how or why his Indian nurse seized courage with both hands and made a successful escape?
Recall the Mavi Marmara flotilla of assassins—they did damage but they did not get through.
Remember the human “surge” last year across Israel’s borders—it failed.
Something smaller comes to mind.
Remember the long threatened and very public vote on a boycott of Israeli products in a trendy Brooklyn Food Co-op? Last week, the vote was taken. The anti-Zionist Leftists lost. Israeli products will remain on their shelves. Certainly, human effort went into this—but who is to say that Divine Providence did not weigh in on our side?
Remember only last week when so many people, myself included, feared that the Global March on Jerusalem would, at the very least, turn into a public relations disaster for Israel or into something far uglier: Angry, armed combatants surging over Israel’s borders and murdering civilians, soldiers, babies, farm animals in their wild, jihadic path.
It did not happen. All the allegedly distinguished names, all the Iranian and Arab bombast, led nowhere. The IDF and pro-Israel cyber defense forces pre-empted the curve of events with skunk smoke, rapid-action videos and “spin.”
Divine protection? Who can say no with any certainty?
And, let’s not forget: As Syria, Sudan, Somalia, turn on their own people, as Egypt remains trapped in an Islamist vise—tiny Israel is still holding its own in an exceptionally vicious and turbulent region.
We even discovered a massive gas field off the coast of Israel-- a small miracle, maybe?
Editor's note: Perhaps the following story explains this country of miracles a little bit: Last week, in Jerusalem, while I was waiting in a traffic jam at a red light, smiling Breslover hassidim with beards and sidelocks waving in the wind went from vehicle to vehicle offering their books to the impatient drivers. Suddenly, the driver's window in the Egged bus to my right was opened and the busdriver beckoned to one of the hassidim, asked for a Haggadah, took it and handed him a twenty shekel bill. Only in Israel.