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Op-Ed: Indomitable Israel

We have much to be proud of and to celebrate.
Published: Sunday, May 11, 2008 10:02 AM

...and whether we like it or not, the coming into being of a Jewish State in Palestine is an event in world history to be viewed in the perspective, not of a generation or a century, but in the perspective of a thousand, two thousand or even three thousand years.... This is an event in world history....” -- Sir Winston Churchill (Martin Gilbert,
Free to pursue their dreams, the Jews flourished and their enemies seethed.
Churchill and the Jews)

Israel in 2008 looks little like the tiny agricultural nation that declared its independence 60 years ago. Modern Israel is a high-tech superpower, leading the world in medicine, biotech, computer science, environmental science, culture and art. After two thousand years of exile, fresh from the ovens of Europe, with virtually nothing, Jews came to rebuild their lives as free people in their homeland.

Despite our enemies who wish to destroy her, as well as our very own self-hating Jewicidal tools, we as Jews are magnificent. We have much to be proud of and to celebrate. In fact, let me dare to say, that the nations of the world should thank G-d for us. What we’ve given to the world over the past 60 years in the fields of science, medicine, technology, the arts and academia is immeasurable, miraculous even. Sir Winston Churchill, a great friend of the Jews and Zionism, said, “Some people like Jews and some do not, but no thoughtful man can doubt the fact that they are beyond all question the most formidable and the most remarkable race which has ever appeared in the world." (Martin Gilbert, Churchill and the Jews)

In Israel's sixty years, the Jews thrived. Free to pursue their dreams, the Jews flourished and their enemies seethed; Jews prospered, while their enemies plotted their annihilation. The end of the Third Reich was merely a hudna, a cessation of hostilities until the annihilationists could regroup, rearm, redeploy. But Israel succeeded and Islamic jihad failed in all but one thing. The enemies of the people of Israel succeeded in infecting the world politic with their vile Jew-hatred. Worse still, "enlightened," guilty, secular Jews sidled up to the enemy and worked their evil inside Israel, the US and other Western nations.

It galls me that the Jews I fight for are self-destructive, suicidal even. Here in America (and the world over), Israel's real friends are in the Republican party and yet over 80% of American Jews are Democrats. I don't get it. The conventional wisdom on the Left is that Israel is an oppressor and her actions are worse than the world's most depraved and dangerous regimes. Chomsky, Finkelstein, Soros - these men are the killers.

There have been two disturbing articles this month on why Israel shouldn’t exist. One was a venomous piece of
A modern blood libel; instead of Jews murdering Gentile children to make matzah, we are poisoning the wells of the poor, terrorist Palestinians.
anti-Semitic invective from Johann Hari in the London Independent, under the title "Israel is suppressing a secret it must face." He writes:

I would love to be able to crash the birthday party with words of reassurance. Israel has given us great novelists like Amos Oz and A.. B. Yehoshua, great film-makers like Joseph Cedar, great scientific research into Alzheimer's, and great dissident journalists like Amira Hass, Tom Segev and Gideon Levy to expose her own crimes.... But I can't do it. Whenever I try to mouth these words, a remembered smell fills my nostrils. It is the smell of sh**. Across the occupied West Bank, raw untreated sewage is pumped every day out of the Jewish settlements, along large metal pipes, straight onto Palestinian land. From there, it can enter the groundwater and the reservoirs, and become a poison.”

This is nothing less than a modern blood libel; instead of Jews murdering Gentile children to make matzah, we are poisoning the wells of the poor, terrorist Palestinians. Well, Mr. Hari, we shan’t require your attendance, thank you very much. In fact, since you’re so distressed and upset by our existence, here’s a suggestion for you: stop using your mobile phone, your computer, many medications, and a long list of other daily inventions from the hard labour and works of the Jews of the filthy State of Israel.

The other deeply disturbing article was written by Karin Laub for AP under the title, "Palestinian plight is flip side of Israel's independence joy." Her piece is one continued sob story over the plight of the Palestinians and their life in refugee camps. Once again, it’s the big, bad, nasty Jews with their security wall, nightly raids against terrorists and oil blockade of the Gaza Strip. She writes, “As Israel celebrates its achievements - robust economy, democracy and army - Palestinians look back on a history of failures. 'We were the losers over the years... and we will keep losing,' said Luay Shabaneh, head of the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics."

There is no history of who started all the wars, why the Palestinians fled, and their continued war against the Jewish democratic state since its inception, and the continued, daily barrage of deadly rocket fire by the terrorists of Hamas in Gaza (which Israel pulled out of in 2005, to her great detriment) upon the people of Sderot. This is a one-sided piece of Arab propaganda, without an Israeli counterpoint or narrative; it wouldn’t even pass in a Journalism 101 course.

The fallacious term "Palestinian," while slow to take, caught fire when the media worm turned. And there's been no going back. Israel-bashing is Jew-bashing, the world's oldest profession. Period. Anti-Zionism, anti-Israel is anti-Semitism - a modern mask to an age-old hate. Don't believe the Jew-hater that tells you, "I have no problem with Jews, it's Israel's policies that are abhorrent." The constant historical blood libel that "Jews delight in the blood of others" is incomprehensible. If anything, Israel has been too docile and too accommodating to an enemy that vows to destroy her.

Dr. Martin Luther King did not suffer liars that declared that they don’t hate the Jews, just Zionism. Dr. King brilliantly dismantles such rhetoric: "When people criticize Zionists, they mean Jews. You are talking anti-Semitism."
Take back Gaza. Secure Judea and Samaria. Stop buying Haaretz.

So I say to Israel, stand loud and proud. Give up nothing. Turn over not a pebble. For every rocket fired, drop a MOAB. Take back Gaza. Secure Judea and Samaria. Stop buying Haaretz. Throw leftists bums out. Stand straight and walk on. Be worthy of your ancestors.

"Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never - in nothing, great or small, large or petty - never give in, except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy." - Winston Churchill

We survived Pharaoh, Haman, the Inquisition, the pogroms, the Shoah and the continued attempt by our Arab enemies to annihilate us. So I say to our enemies, we shall be proudly standing long after you have disappeared, footnotes of history.