Is Israel Lacking True Independence?
The journalist Melanie Phillips just wrote a extraordinarily good article she named 'Zionism and bigotry'. In the article she wrote, "Judaism is like a stool supported on three legs - the nation, the religion and the land," and "Zionism is no more, nor less, than the self-determination of the Jewish people - as a people, and not just as adherents of the Jewish religion. Jews are in fact the only people - as a people - for whom Israel, ancient Judea and Samaria, was ever their national homeland. Those who deny Zionism, thus deny Jewish peoplehood and the fundamental right of Jews to live as a people in their own ancestral homeland, Israel."
There is only one state on earth that has the legal and moral right to protect all Jews and it is Israel. However, way too many Jews, in Israel and all over the world, are behaving as if this profound right and obligation has no meaning, and thus they are constantly attempting to sabotage it.
Since David Ben-Gurion announced the state of Israel as an independent Jewish state the state has been lacking true independence. Since that for 2000 the Jews were sub-citizens in every country where they lived, subject to discrimination, mayhem and carnage, the emerging leadership in Israel did not have reference as to how to be really independent.
The Jews who settled in Israel have carried and brought along with them a Ghetto mentality, the need to appease in order to survive. And the leadership have been doing whatever it takes so the world approves and loves them and their countrymen. In other words, a policy of not getting under anyone's skin of fear of retribution. And though the world has approved the establishment of the Jewish state, it has since been treating Israel as a vassal state. Each country with just a bit of world's clout has stuck her nose in Israel's affairs to one degree or another.
Since 1948, the leaders of Israel have managed to operate along schizophrenically ambiguous policy that, in the world's political arena has caused the country to become less and less accepted among the world's nation. Israel has become the punching bag for politicians, media and opinion makers and the only country in the world her legitimacy is constantly challenged. Israel's leaders must take the blamed for all that is happening as they have been acting as if Israel is all but a sovereign state.
One prime minister of Israel after another, especially since the country signed the Oslo Accords, has failed to hold the Judaism's chair three legs stable and thus the nation, the religion and the land have been lacking cohesive elements.
Consequently, quite a rotten political system and constant lack of demands for world's respect. Instead, we see the "please love me" vacillating policy, much to the detriment of Israel from within and abroad.
What does a vacillating policy and wobbling three chair's legs mean?
Once Benjamin Netanyahu became the Prime Minister of Israel from the Likud party he abandoned the Likud's platform on which he ran, causing divisiveness in his own party and loss of constituents' trust.
The government conducts a covert construction freeze in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria while not fighting the ongoing illegal Arab constructions all over the country,
The government of Israel treats Jews, living in Judea and Samaria, as leprosy cases; Pogroms of destroying Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria have become kind of "a national sport".
There is a giving thumb up and helping building Arab communities and destroying Jewish communities.
The willing to negotiate with genocidal Arabs a two states and thus making Jewish land, legally belongs to the state of Israel, negotiable material.
Chasing and chitchatting with the scumbag Mahmoud Abads - Abu-Mazen, Mr. Holocaust denier, the Munich Olympics massacre architect, and a child-murderer, and thus getting no respect, rather ridicule.
Propagating to establish a state named Palestine on Jewish historical land that legally belongs to the Jewish people.
Irresolute in defending Jews and Jewish heritage and tying the IDF hands while performing its above all duties to defend the state and its citizens.
Abandoning Jewish heritage sites such as Temple Mount and Hebron and neglecting to protect others heritage sites.
Abandoning the land in the Negev and the Galilee and allowing Bedouin and Arabs take it over,
Preventing a legislation, supported by the majority of the people, that will protect the democracy and prevent the destruction of real freedom of Israelis,
Taking Zionist pioneering out of the national priority, in the most corrupt and deceptive manner.
And there are other issues that work against the cohesiveness of the nation, the religion and the land that can be added to this ugly and most disturbing list.
All of the State of Israel is in existential threat yet, Israel has a worrisome lack of leadership who believe in Zionism, Judaism and the word of God, the legality of the land of the Jews, from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea, and in all the rules one needs to obey so the outcome is what is the best for the state.
The political system in Israel is awfully porous and without constitution the law vacillates from Ottoman, to Jordanian, the British to modern Israel laws, all very confusing and much of it is working against the Jewish state's interests.
When one is tired one can get lax and then make mistakes.
One cannot blame Israel for being tired; 64 years of daily worry for her survival and engaging in physically fighting will make one tired, very tired.
WAR is made to win or it turns into a political fraud and much of Israel's 64 years have been immersed in political fraud. Israel was victorious in wars of defense, all the result of Arab aggression, yet, she had to return 95% of the land she gained and peace was not achieved, but political hoax was. All of Israel's so called victories were resulted in hudna, the Arabic term for ceasefire, called by Moslems to regroup, rearm and plan the next attack or war. And that is exactly what the Arabs have been doing these past 64 years. Israel has been at war, hudna, war, hudna, for 64 years.
Today, this war has taken a new jihad dimension; countries in the world, not Israel, decide, based on their contempt for the Jewish state, what land belongs to Israel and what not. They think they are the International law and they do so through commerce jihad. For example, Migros Swiss supermarket chain says it doesn't support boycott of Israel calls by pro-Palestinian groups, but it wants to let its customers decide which products they want to buy. And so the chain will label products made in Israel and separately products made in Judea and Samaria, meaning, Migros Swiss supermarket does not recognize Judea and Samaria as an integral part of the state of Israel. In 2012, a supermarket chain puts its two cents into Israel's affairs to "help" decide the fate of the nation state of the Jewish people.
Then there are the infiltrators from Africa who crossed the border and imposed their illegal and costly stay on the Israeli tax payers. Israel must stand up for its code of laws and deport the illegals now or she will be furthermore disrespected by all. These are Illegal aliens, infiltrators, economic migrants, or whatever the terminology is used to identify them, but at the end of day, Illegal is illegal. If Europe complains about the "injustice" of deportation, Israel can offer to send the invaders to Europe so the enlightened continent takes them in! Without the rule of law there is anarchy and that is where it is all heading!
If the government of Israel does not protect the state from all those who are bent to destroy her, in whatever mean they find and can use, even if it is a Swiss supermarket chain or some European of African anarchists, then they do not deserve to lead.
Israel needs a leader who will put his or her citizens' priorities above all, no matter what the world thinks and has to say and that includes undoing all the wrongs former Prime Ministers laid for Israel.
We, Jews, have no one to protect us but ourselves; we must not let this asset we have earned and accomplished and now, after 2000 of lack, have, slip away. Zionism was created to protect Jews through sovereignty.
Albert Einstein, 1879 - 1955 once said, insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, and, Israel Zangwill, 1864 - 1926, a British humorist and writer, once wrote, "the past: our cradle, not our prison; there is danger as well as appeal in its glamour. The past is for inspiration, not imitation, for continuation, not repetition."
Today, in the 21st century, the heirs of the failed utopian movements of the 20th century have joined forces with the Islamist-jihadist heirs of the Mufti of Jerusalem to deny the Jewish people their sovereign rights to their land, and thus deny Zionism. If they succeed they will finally and irrevocably destroy Herzl and the Zionist Movement's greatest achievement, the state of Israel and the gathering of the Jews from all four corners of the world into their homeland.
It is now an urgent matter that the Jews find a leader of Herzl's stature, capable of acting upon Zionism call. This means demanding and commanding the world's recognition and respect for the Jewish people rights, and having the ability to finish Herzl's work, by convincing the Jewish people that it is their right and duty to assert and secure their destiny in their land.
I therefore present the question no one wants to ask: for all the wrongs that the government of Israel keeps insisting on repeating, do we, Jews, need a land of our own? A land where Jews are more and more unsafe and the government, with its thoughtless decisions and actions, makes it even more unsafe?
Change the course already.
Nurit Greenger sees Israel and the United States equally, as the last two forts of true democratic freedom and since 2006, has been writing about events in these two countries. Contact her by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org Read more stories by Nurit Greenger.
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