Titi arrived as an Ethiopian refugee in Israel with nothing in her early teens. A black Jewish Israeli, she attacks those who claim Israel is racist. She studied in Kfar Hanoar Hadati, a youth village in northern Israel. Her father and mother had died when she was a child and she used to come to the office of the CEO, who happened to be today's Arutz Sheva Op-ed Editor, Rochel Sylvetsky, for comfort and a sympathetic ear.
She says: "Israel is as free as it gets. As good as it gets. A black woman like me built a life here. This is my home. Where should the Jews go? Where can we go?”
"All those people who talk about Free Palestine. Where should the Jews go? Where will the Israelis end up?"
So many shared similar stories with me this summer in Israel. When Israel kills terrorists, the Palestinian Arabs fire rockets at civilians. And the world finds a way to blame Israel.
Thankfully the Iron Dome blocks these rockets from landing but it’s terrifying. We heard the rockets – my sister heard the rockets. I was on the beach in Tel Aviv with my younger daughter when I heard noise in the sky. She did too. It's really scary.
Yet, we know and feel Israel is so much safer than NYC. Rapes and robberies in the street are non-existent. It’s a safe place.
None of these fights are about today- it's about history, about precedent. As an Arab member of Knesset, MK Mansour Abbas said, “I can say with certainty that there is no difference between Netanyahu, Bennett, Lapid and Gantz on foreign and security issues.”
Israelis just want to live – and the enemy wants to kill and destroy. There are countless terror organizations opposing israel. They hate each other too.
Those who stand against Israel simply are wrong. There is no nuance. There is right and there is wrong. Evil can’t be allowed to win. Israel will keep thriving. The Jews will keep dancing and singing.
When I am in Israel I really don’t read the news. It twists the facts. It twists the truth, I’m here. Israelis are great. Few know about condemnations. Less will care.
They won’t win. Yet every single day Israelis face terror. Staying up with kids, working with pregnant partners at home not just with everyday worries, but also worries of rocket attacks or terror. attacks because the Jews choose to live. Because that is truly what this is about.
Am israel Chai. The Jewish people live!!!