When the Champion Fails

The solution is within our reach.

Marc Prowisor,

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Arutz 7

The attack on the Chabad House in Mumbai has shaken the majority of the Jewish world. The cruel way in which, once again, innocent Jews were executed has caused most of us to wonder why this happened. It isn’t Israel, how could the Muslims attack Jews in India? What was their crime? How could this happen?
This coincides with Western pressure on Israel to limit its fight against terrorism.

Security professionals are being asked time and time again to give our thoughts on the event. Many are asking whether it could have been prevented, what can be done in the future, and so on. Whereas I have many ideas on how to provide improved security, my inner thoughts are focused deeper, towards the heart of the problem.

The whole concept of “protecting” and “securing” a facility has many faces. With any reoccurring injury, we have to decide whether to buy a box of bandaids or to delve deeper to cure the problem. Sometimes, a “quick fix” is good for the first response, but it is always recommended to remedy the problem. The results are often much more positive even if the pain or danger doesn’t go away as fast as it does with the “quick” and superficial remedy.

Islamic terror against Western society took on new dimensions in 1993, with the first bombing of the World Trade Center. I find it interesting how this coincides with Western pressure on Israel to limit its fight against terrorism and the start of the Oslo negotiations. In fact, if we look at the rise of Islamic terror in the world, we see it rise as Israel negotiates with the leaders of Islamic terrorism. This is no coincidence. The Islamic terror mentality views negotiations as weakness and it views Western pressure on Israel as just that.

With the increase of US pressure on Israel to give up its heartland, we see the West capitulating to Islamic terror. The leadership of “Western” governments has chosen to try to appease Islamic extremist terrorism, rather than fight it. The strategy is simply, "let’s make them happy and maybe they will leave us alone." History has taught us that this is not the case. Have our analysts started to ignore history and experience?

Indeed, Israel, by choosing to bend to US pressure, is also responsible for the results. The Israeli leadership back in the year 1993 and during the Oslo process already started to ease up on terrorism, this due to the lack of backbone among Israeli Prime Ministers and in its parliament. This policy leads to the increase in Islamic extremism. By seeing that the West is willing to ease up, it was and is perceived as weakness and fear. This being the stepping-stone needed to create an infrastructure of terrorism.

When we as a people are strong and united, the acts of terror against us decrease. When we are strong in the face of our enemies and let no crime go unpunished, the world and we enjoy more of a peaceful existence. This is not my opinion, but cold facts. No one in the security world was surprised by this attack, it was simply a question of when and where.

It is known and understood that Jews, no matter where they are, are and will be targeted in this day and age. Why not? Israel, the “champion” of the Jewish people allows daily attacks against her own people and country; this champion bends over backwards to appease the enemy; and dissent in the ranks continues to weaken this champion. So Israel, led by the weak of spirit and identity, stays in the corner doing nothing. She continues to remain weak in the eyes of our enemies, only boosting their motivation to attack us more and more.

While the courage and strength of Jews stand out in the fact that the Mumbai Chabad House will, G-d willing, be
Jews, no matter where they are, are and will be targeted in this day and age.
reopened soon, a long-term remedy must be sought and put in motion now. Our enemies must once again know that we will, with G-d's help, protect and defend our people and, at the same time, find and punish those who wish us harm, wherever they are.

It is time for us to come together again and stand strong, as one, in the face of the enemy, to grasp that which has been commanded to us. We are often told, when we are in pain or suffer, to look into our heart for the answer. So it is today. We must look up and then we should look to our heart and to our heartland, and seek out the strong Jew again. We will find people who are not afraid to be Jewish, who are not afraid to live in land that G-d commanded us to live in, and who will not hesitate in the face of our enemies. The more we talk about giving up what is ours, the weaker we become, and the more danger we put our people in.

The solution is within our reach, we just have to grasp it. Jews, no matter where they travel, will, G-d willing, be safer for it.





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