Op-Ed: Shape Up, Israel, You’re The Only Sheriff Left In Town
Jack EngelhardJack Engelhard’s classic international bestselling novel Indecent Proposal,...
It’s getting lonely out here, Dear Israel. Around here in the United States we don’t have too many friends, either. We look to you to pick it up. Drop the Gaza malaise. Pick up the Entebbe Spirit. We are counting on you. Who else do we have out there in the big world?
People we don’t know now rule your neighborhood, and strangers in this very country of ours now push us around.
At a restaurant in a small town in Vermont, Winooski, a sign that promoted bacon offended a Muslim lady. She demanded that the sign get taken down. It was, immediately. That wasn’t enough. Terrified owners of the restaurant apologized and said it would never happen again. Imagine that – in the land of the free, home of the brave.
We turn to you, Dear Israel, to get us back on track. We share the same values as articulated in our Liberty Bell: “Proclaim Liberty throughout the land unto all the inhabitants thereof.” This was borrowed from The Book of Leviticus and we do not take that summons lightly.
We have fought and died to preserve those liberties and so have you. That was before. This is now. You have had your setbacks. We have ours.
If you don’t have the moxie to properly defend your own people, Netanyahu, in other words, if you can’t do it for yourself, do it for our sake, here in America.
In 1967 and again in 1973 as you defeated the Arab armies you shared with us the booty of captured Soviet tanks and fighter planes. Our generals say that this exchange of Intel was so vital that it absolutely turned the tide of the Cold War in our favor.
From day one you have been on the front lines for us. You have been our battleship. Since 1948 you and only you have been our true and reliable friend in the Middle East and this has become doubly important because now the Middle East has come to us… here, to our homes and to our neighborhoods, yes, even to Vermont.
If not for you, who? Who can we count on? Iraq? Gone. Syria? Gone. Libya? Gone. Lebanon? Tottering. Jordan? Tittering. Egypt? Who knows?
Who’s left with a steady hand except Israel? You, Israel, are the only sheriff left in town.
They’re falling like dominoes, country after country, falling for the Islamic locust that devours everything in its path.
We need you to help us stop this.
We cannot count on Europe as they suffer from the same infestation. Again Europe has gone brothel.
We need your wisdom. We need your experience. We need your intelligence. We need your armies. We need your moral strength.
We need your partnership. We need your leadership.
Our leader is a community organizer. He is lost in a big world and so are we.
Yes we are a big, rich, powerful nation. But we still need friends and we have no friends. Remarkable, but true. We have no friends. We have no one to talk to and when we talk nobody listens. Our leader does not have Merkel’s phone number and he has not spoken with Cameron ever since he angrily returned Churchill’s bust. (He can, however, reach Jay-Z at a moment’s notice.)
Consider this a cry for help. We are losing ground awfully fast. Christians in your part of the world are being publicly executed for being Christian. They are being wiped out – and we don’t know what to do. In New York – New York! – the streets are no longer safe for Jews.
Supporters of Hamas and ISIS have overrun our campuses.
We don’t know what’s coming through our open borders. We can only imagine.
We’re next. They are here and they’re coming after us fast. If we lose you, our entire Judeo/Christian civilization will crumble in a heap.
Enough gloom. Recapture those days when you stood tall against all odds.
Straighten up and fly right, as we used to say thanks to Nat King Cole… and do not hesitate. It’s getting late.
Jack Engelhard writes a regular column for Arutz Sheva. Engelhard’s Jewish/Israel flavored int’l bestseller Indecent Proposal was translated into more than 22 languages and turned into a Paramount motion picture starring Robert Redford and Demi Moore. New from the novelist, Bonus Edition of his award-winning Montreal memoir Escape From Mount Moriah. Website: www.jackengelhard.com