"Why here? This isn't the shtachim, territories!
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Bullet-Proof, The Fashion I'd Rather Not Need Again, And Thoughts About Israel Helping Haiti
There was a time when I was forced to wear bullet-proof vests, and there was nothing trendy about them, nothing at all. Nor were they comfortable. They were heavy and awkward.
These pictures are nothing like the bullet-proof vests I remember.
When I remember those dangerous days I think of today's Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak. He was Prime Minister. It was a time of terrorism on our roads. The Arab terrorists shot at innocent Israeli citizens. Murder was frequent. It was a terrible time.
Barak was totally ineffective as a leader. He was quickly drummed out of office. In all honesty, I can't understand how the public and the Labor Party have forgotten what went on.
Yes, there is a reason. Most of the violence was in Jerusalem and YESHA, Judea, Samaria and Gush Katif (Gaza.) That made it easy for many Israelis to pretend that it was a local problem and not an attack on the country as a whole. Whenever there was a terror attack someopleace else, they were outraged:
There was no unity, none at all. The great Israeli chessed, mercy, charitable acts like what we see in Haiti, didn't manifest itself for fellow Jews, fellow Israelis. So, I'm of very mixed feelings about all we're doing for the Haitian people. I'd like to first see Israelis caring for Israelis, and then we can help others.