Staying alive is more important than good PR

Who cares what the world thinks? Our obligation is to protect Israel's citizens. Op-ed.

Ronn Torossian‏ ,

Bennett
Bennett
Arutz Sheva
I own one of the largest PR agencies in America. More importantly, I am a proud Jewish Zionist who unabashedly stands with, and supports the State of Israel.

In the last week, we have all seen celebrities call to “Free Palestine” (codeword for kill the Jews/Destroy the Jewish state), as the foreign media, as usual, attacks Israel. They are attacking a democracy for protecting herself from a terrorist organization.

The fact that Israel removed - expelled - all Jews from Gaza some years back for “peace” isn’t mentioned, nor is the fact that Israel is defending herself, as Hamas seeks to kill Israeli civilians. There isn’t quiet now because a terrorist organization decided without any provocation to start launching rockets at innocent civilians. Over 1900 rockets have been launched at Israel.

Frankly, let me say it loudly and clearly – living and being alive is much more important than bad media coverage at this time. The role of Prime Minister Netanyahu and the government of Israel must protect the State and her citizens. Any other nation facing these kinds of attacks wouldn’t warn the enemy before firing, they wouldn’t knock on roofs of buildings they bomb – they would eliminate the enemy.

Ze’ev Jabotinsky, one of the forefathers of Zionism wrote a famous essay aptly titled “Go To Hell” which should be communicated today to Israel’s detractors -

“Instead of excessive apology and instead of turning our backs to the accusers – as there is nothing to apologize for, and nobody to apologize to – it is long overdue to respond to all current and future accusations, reproaches, suspicions, slanders and denunciations by simply folding our arms and loudly, clearly, coldly and calmly answering ‘Go to Hell!’

"Who are we, to make excuses to them; who are they to interrogate us? What is the purpose of this mock trial over the entire people where the sentence is known in advance? Our habit of constantly and zealously answering to any rabble has already done us a lot of harm and will do much more. The situation that has been created as a result, tragically confirms a well-known saying: ‘Qui s’excuse s’accuse’ (He who apologizes condemns himself).

“We think that our constant readiness to undergo a search without hesitation and to turn out our pockets will eventually convince mankind of our nobility; look what gentlemen we are–we do not have anything to hide! This is a terrible mistake. The real gentlemen are the people that will not allow anyone for any reason to search their apartments, their pockets or their souls. Only a person under surveillance is ready for a search at every moment. This is the only inevitable conclusion from our maniacal reaction to every reproach, to accept responsibility as a people for every action of a Jew, and to make excuses in front of everybody.

“I consider this system to be false at its very root. We are hated not because we are blamed for everything, but we are blamed for everything because we are not loved. We do not have to apologize for anything. We are a people as all other peoples; we do not have any intentions to be better than the rest. We do not have to account to anybody; we are not to sit for anybody’s examination and nobody is old enough to call on us to answer. We came before them. We are what we are, we are good for ourselves, we will not change and we do not want to.”

Israel’s Former Defense Minister Naftali Bennett did an interview with RT where he was asked, “The fact that there have been a lot more Palestinians dead than Israelis, is that making Israel look bad in the eyes of the global public? Bennett’s on the mark answer was, “So you think more Jews should die? How many more Jews should die for the world to feel that this is acceptable?”

If Jews die maybe we will get sympathy. Who cares. Let Israel live and fight and protect our people and nation. And those who disagree? Go to Hell.

Ronn Torossian is a Public Relations executive.



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