Stoicism is an ancient Greek philosophy, which demands that one "disengage" from one's emotions and feelings. How ironic that I'm writing this on the 7th night of Chanukah!
Israel is constantly being attacked by the "neighboring" (I'm referring to location, rather than relationship) Arabs and the terrorists within the country. The "stoic" Helenists demand that Israel refrain from attacking and destroying its enemies. That's not to Israel's advantage, not at all. Just like the same stoicism, acceptance and "learning to live underwater," like in the classic joke didn't stop the Nazis from making life harder, until Six Million Jews were murdered. Yes, they were murdered; they didn't perish, which is the verb used in Yad Veshem.
Yes, I'm bringing up the holocaust, because rebellion was rare, and the Jewish establishment did cooperate with the Nazis. And yes, I do see a similar behavior today.
I don't see anything for us to be proud in that the Israeli Government is sitting on its hands as Arabs shoot heavy weapons and missiles at our country. It is being reported that Minister of Defense Peretz calls on Olmert to review restraint policy. If that's the case, then he should go back on his "oath" not to deal with Avigdor Lieberman and make an alliance with him to topple Olmert and fight the Arabs.
Following a series of Kassam rocket attacks on Wednesday, Peretz said late Wednesday night that there was a limit to the restraint Israel would show in the face of repeated Palestinian violations of the recent cease-fire.Most Israelis aren't happy with the way Olmert is leading the country. And as little as I like American President Bush, I'm glad that Kerry isn't president.
Senior defense officials said Wednesday that Israel's lack of response to Palestinian attacks could be perceived by the Palestinians as a weakness, and urged the government to reconsider its current policy of restraint, Army Radio reported.
If he really believes that, then I guess he believes in Santa!
Israel's very worst Prime, Ehud Barak, is poised for Labor run. it just shows how disengaged he is from reality. As IDF Chief of Staff, he pushed technology into the army instead of human intelligence. He is one of those who stopped the traditional Israeli "follow me," "acharai!" That new way of running the army is considered one of the causes for the foul-ups last summer.
The Chanukah Holiday is almost over this year, but the Hellenists are still fighting the Macabees!
Chag Urim Sameach
May the True Light of Judaism Prevail!