It’s Time for Israel to Grow Up


Anyone who missed Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s first visit to the White House when he was ushered in the back door and allowed a few minutes of President Obama’s time missed the ultimate example of body language.

The President’s disdain for the Israeli Prime Minister and Netanyahu’s palpable discomfort were as obvious as a heart attack. The only one who could not see this outrageous example of the chill factor was the one who chose not to.

Watching this train wreck of a political meeting, I was struck with the thought that Israel’s days were numbered.

It was a certainty Israel was no longer a welcome ally, but now she would be forced to sink or swim on her own merits as a nation. So far she has sunk, with a great deal of help from her former friends in the United States.

She has been castigated by Washington, and vilified by her own people in the United States.

Israel has been stabbed in the back by Hilary Clinton whose campaign American Jewry funded generously, and they have witnessed the rise of a regime in Washington that is as happy to see Israel as the Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan would be at a backyard barbecue on a Fourth of July.

In case anyone witnessed the slow and methodical destruction of the Jewish State, and you would have to be either blind or a fool not to have noticed, it is progressing beautifully.

The State Department’s spokesman, who publically announced the other night that the Muslim Brotherhood is a peaceful bunch, probably forgot they murdered Anwar Sadat, as he effectively drove one more nail in Israel’s coffin.

So what should Israel do now that she is persona non grata in the U.S.?

Two words. Grow Up!

A nation is a work in progress.

Israel despite her youth has managed to be an overachiever.

Contributions to the world of science, medicine and technology are vast in proportion to her size and age, and if her maturity level grows, she will also learn to make her way in the world as an honest-to-goodness grown up.

However, when one’s emotional growth is stunted, one’s achievements and existence take on a resonance of doom.

Let us place this in a context that is easily understood so even the brainpowers-that-be in Israel will fathom the issues I address.

If what the existentialists believe, that life is a process of meeting, is true, then friends are necessary for growth.

Through interactions with others, we mature and learn, change and evolve, and it is our destiny to do so.

Israel has had one friend for too long and now that friend has moved on. What should she do? Stand there on the playground of nations sitting on a lonely swing waiting for a new friend to come?

How healthy is this? Would any parent advise their child to sit alone and wait for the world to come to them? Or would they encourage them to go out and make new friends? Bingo!

Okay, Israel, get out there! You have a great opportunity to forge new bonds because the United States is no longer the A-lister on the playground.

The Arab and European nations are not oblivious to the fact that we screwed over Mubarak. His character aside, he stood with the United States, kept the peace with Israel and contributed to the small amount of peace that exists in that region.

We gave him billions, which I am sure like Papa Doc, the Shah of Iran and the other dictators we supported throughout the years, he stashed away and became extraordinarily wealthy.

Suddenly with the first sign of revolution, we throw him under the bus.

We cannot even be certain whose fingerprints are on that uprising and who will ultimately benefit. One may wish it will be the people of Egypt, and we all must pray that is what occurs, but history points to a different outcome.

One day Mubarak with all his flaws may seem far more advantageous to world peace than the Mullahs of Iran.

This is the perfect time for Israel to reach out to China, India and numerous others as a strong ally.

After all, they possess a strong military, they can offer protection and protect the neighborhood. However, they ask no extortion money for their efforts, only a guarantee of peace.

Israel has proven over and over again she is not an aggressor, despite the lies and fabrications of her enemies.

Now is the time to come together with the Saudis, Dubai and numerous others and form an alliance of Middle Eastern Countries, that eschew violence and tyranny and want to co exist in peace and prosperity.

It is time for Israel to grow up and be a leader instead of cowering under the skirts of a former friend who no longer wants any part of her friendship.

I will not pretend to know the motives of our President. I have my opinions, as do so many others about where his heart lies, but that is irrelevant now.

As long as President Obama is in office, the U.S. will no longer be a friendly nation to Israel. No matter how much rhetoric is espoused to the contrary in the coming months before the next election. After all although he is not concerned with Israel, he is definitely concerned with Jewish money and Jewish vote.

He will once again say whatever is necessary to pick the pockets of every stupid Jew who writes him a check after seeing what he has done to Israel for the last two years. What does it matter what he says, after we have witnessed with our own eyes what he has done, fools?

But that is their prerogative. Jewish people excel at many things, but none so greatly as self-destruction. Talk about a pitiful bunch of wimpy, victimized sissies trying to buy their way in with their checkbook. That is a discussion for another time.

This is the time for strength, for growth and for leadership.

If American Jewry is too weak to speak up for itself, I pray that Israel will have the courage. If not, if Israel does not open her arms to forge new friendships, she will die alone and miserable through no fault of anything, save her own immaturity and folly.

It is not only Egypt who must free itself from the bonds of a dictator, but also Israel. The United States does not want to play with you anymore. Get over it and get out and make yourself some new friends.

Speaking as a mother, that’s the best advice I can give you!

In the series “Postcards from Israel,” Ari Bussel and Norma Zager invite readers throughout the world to join them as they present reports from Israel as seen by two sets of eyes: Bussel’s on the ground, Zager’s counter-point from home. Israel and the United States are inter-related – the two countries we hold dearest to our hearts – and so is this “point – counter-point” presentation that has, since 2008, become part of our lives.