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Why Can't Israel Be A "Normal" Country?

By Batya Medad
6/18/2009, 12:00 AM
Yesterday, I saw some old friends who share with me the experience and ideology of Betar.
Over the years, various Israeli political leaders have received praise from foreign countries and Nobel Peace Prizes for endangering the security and viability of our country.
They're on my mailing list and received the previous post I had written about Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's speech. One came up to me and said:
"For the first time, I must admit that I disagree with you."

That started a discussion, rather heated, about supporting the Likud.

There was a time when it was taken for granted that all good Betarim would vote for Menachem Begin's political party, Likud (originally Herut, then Gach"al) and join its sick fund, Kupat Cholim Le'umit. That was the party furthest to the Right in the Israeli political spectrum.

Soon after Begin was elected Prime Minister in 1977, he appointed Moshe Dayan as Foreign Minister and allowed the Left to continue its domination of policy. Without an established Right wing opposition, they had no problem giving Egypt the Sinai and destroying all of the Jewish communities which had been established there after the 1967 Six Days War. That "peace" agreement effectively ended my voting for Likud and trusting and agreeing with its leadership and ideology.

Over the years, various Israeli political leaders have received praise from foreign countries and Nobel Peace Prizes for endangering the security and viability of our country.

This all makes me physically ill. I just don't understand how my fellow Israelis can cooperate with endangering our country. Sorry, no country with any pride would allow another to force it to endanger its very existence.

Bibi's speech is a sell-out. No normal country would ever endanger itself like this. He thinks he can keep the country safe on a tightrope. It won't work. He has just pushed us further and further into the snare of thorns.

An old Zionist leader wrote that he anxiously awaited the day that we'd have a "normal" country with "crime." I, too, want a "normal" country. But for me, that means one which doesn't beg the world for approval, endangering its very existence in the process.