Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Israel at Sixty-Two (62)
Dry Bones sums it up perfectly, as usual.
He just left out the heavy-handed American pressure, which he mentioned in the cartoon below.
The State of Israel can't rely on any foreign power or even World Jewry for help and support, but that's not new. We can't even rely on our own politicians to promote what's best for Israeli security. Knesset Speaker Ruby Rivlin made a great rousing pro-Jerusalem and settlements speech at the official Independence Day Ceremony, but he has no real power. It's all window dressing, no more influential than the flags I've hung on my merpeset (balcony.)
Unfortunately your average Israeli is impressed and comforted by these speeches, forgetting that they are no more than words. Even if I have no doubt that Rivlin was totally sincere and not acting, it makes no difference. All the pro-Land of Israel Israelis, including the Feiglin Manhigut Yehudit crowd, who voted for the Likud just got us Ehud Barak, who's an extreme Leftist dressed in IDF army fatigues. Binyamin Netanyahu may be our Prime Minister, but we're not getting the Likud platform. Kadima's Tsippi Livne may be in the opposition, but we're stuck with her and Labor's policies.
I don't want to leave you with a depressing Israeli Independence Day post. That's not what I planned when I sat down here this morning before the sun was high in the sky. Contrary to what Israel's media and politicians want us to believe, most Israelis understand that without our Land we are nothing. Without our Land we aren't safe. Petach Tikvah, Ramat Gan and Kfar Saba are minutes from the proposed Pseudostinian aka Palestinian sic state. These Israeli cities won't be safe if Israel doesn't fully control the Land we have to the Jordan River. Shiloh protects Tel Aviv.
The State of Israel is sixty-two (62) years old. The Six Days War was just after it turned nineteen (19.) The math is simple. For more than two-thirds (2/3) of its existence as a modern independent state, we have been in control of Judea and Samaria. That's the key to our continued survival. Without our historic Biblical Land we couldn't have survived these past forty-three years. Without our long history, we wouldn't exist at all.
Ironically, the front-runner to win today's International Youth Bible Contest is Avner Netanyahu, the youngest child of Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu. At fifteen (15) he's two to three years younger than most of the finalists, and unlike most Israeli contestants he studies in a non-religious school. According to the press, he has been tutored by his grandfathers who are history and Bible experts. Maybe he should be tutoring his own father.
Over the millenium, Jewish History has never followed the laws of logic, therefore it's best not to attempt to predict the future.
חג עצמאות שמח
Chag Atzma'ut Sameach
Happy Israeli Independence Day