What really matters is what happens in Israel

To Jews, the USA is a paragraph in their eternal history. So who cares about the elections?

Tzvi Fishman

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Tzvi Fishman

Someone asked me which candidate I favored in the race for the Presidency in America.

It’s like asking me whom I prefer – Santa Claus, Jesus, or the Virgin Mary?

Or which food I like best – bacon, shrimp, or cheeseburgers?

I don’t know why Israeli newspapers and websites post so many stories about the United States political scene. Who cares about America? My grandmother, of blessed memory, used to say, “A curse on Columbus” for having discovered America, because America opened the gates to the plague of assimilation and intermarriage which is devouring the Jews in the “land of freedom.”  

Let’s face it. When the great story of Jewish history is told, from the time of our forefather, Avraham, until the building of the Third Temple, may it be soon, the annals of America Jewry will fill up far less than a chapter. There will be a sentence about Babe Ruth, Sandy Koufax, and a mention of Steven Spielberg, and maybe Mark Spitz’s Olympic gold medals for swimming. But that’s about all.

In all fairness, the Rebbe of Chabad deserves more than passing recognition for his efforts to save the ship from sinking, but when you think about it, what contribution has American Jewry made to the 4000 year saga of Jewish History? What are its major accomplishments? Intermarriage, assimilation, Reform Judaism, being silent during the Holocaust? True, the American Jews were the first to package gefilte fish in jars. And the Jewish playwright, Arthur Miller, attained the American dream when he married Marilyn Monroe, but in what other ways has the exile in America contributed to the Redemption of the Jewish People in the Land of Israel, which is the true goal of Jewish History?

OK, Jews in America helped the Israelis plant trees on barren hillsides, and they contributed lots of money to many worthwhile endeavors – that’s certainly to their credit. But when push comes to shove, all of the temples in America, and Jewish Federations, and Jewish entertainers and sports stars, aren’t going to fill more than a chapter in the “History of the Jews” when the book is finally written. So who cares about Hillary Trump or Donald Clinton? What really matters is what happens in Israel.

As Ben Gurion eloquently stated, “What matters is not what the goyim say, but what we do.” In the face of opposition and threats, he declared the establishment of the State of Israel, and the sky didn’t fall down. So too regarding the Six Day War. After weeks of trying to win the America’s approval of an Israeli offensive to thwart the amassed Arab legions which were poised to destroy the country, Levi Eshkol finally gave the IDF a green light, and the sky didn’t cave in when Israel demolished the enemy. So too when Israel acted alone in destroying the atomic reactor in Iraq.

When Israel asserts itself and does what it must to guard its own interests, when the smoke clears, and the hysterical screams of the goyim die down, the planets still remain in their orbits.

The obsessive preoccupation of articles, “Hillary will do this” and “Trump will do that,” reveals that a deep-seated fear of the goy and a lingering exile mentality are still plaguing the Jewish People. Instead of fixating our gazes toward America, we need to realize that we call the shots, not them. The center of world history, and the heart of the nations, is here in Jerusalem, not in New York.

If New York City agrees to suspend parking regulations during Rosh HaShanah, who cares other than the Jews of New York? What does it have to do with the rebuilding of the Nation of Israel in Eretz Yisrael?

Whichever candidate makes it to the White House really doesn’t matter in the long term. What matters is what we do here in Israel. The empires of Greece and Rome, of Spain and Nazi Germany, are nightmares that passed away and vanished, “full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” Anyway, if Hillary Clinton and even Donald Trump are the very best that the US has to offer, then America is destined to follow the superpowers of the past into the garbage heap of history while the Kingdom of Israel remains.