The subject of Ruthie's article is someone called Peter Beinart, who wrote a meanspirited anti-Israel op-ed in the New York Times. This Beinart, like most diplomats, academics and op-ed/editorial writers for papers all over the world, including the Jerusalem Post, think that they're all smarter than people like me who live in Israel and deal with Arabs all the time. They all think that they know what Israel should do for "peace," what's moral and what's proper, practical etc.
They all make it seems so easy. All Israel has to do is listen to them and the world will be a wonderful place.
They're the same people who have been telling us to just "give the Arabs Land" and we'll get "peace." We've tried that, and it doesn't work. A few years ago, there was Disengagement when we gave the Gazan Arab terrorists Gush Katif, and we were rewarded with aerial bombardments, destruction and death. We're still paying the price for that well-praised dumb move.
I remember attending anti-Olso Accords demonstration, where we shouted out:
"Don't give them (the Arabs) guns."We were mocked by politicians and the media as dumb women, but we were right. The guns were used against us Jews, and not only in the parts of the Land of Israel that had been liberated during the 1967 Six Days War. Terrorism flares in all parts of the State of Israel. None of us are immune.
This Beinart defends his right to give us orders by saying that he's "...a committed Jew. I belong to an Orthodox synagogue, send my children to Jewish school and yearn to instill in them the same devotion to the Jewish people that my parents instilled in me. Boycotting other Jews is a painful, unnatural act. But the alternative is worse."
Who set up this Beinart as judge, arbitrator of morality and political science? Who is the guy?
It's bad enough when Israelis try stabbing us in the figurative "back." But at least an Israeli lives here in the HolyLand, pays taxes to the Israeli Government, usually serves in the IDF and expects his/her kids to do the same. I don't expect to agree with everyone, and I don't expect all Israelis to agree with me. But I do prefer them, even when their as "confused," very fokokt, like those young Israelis I heard about on the news sending all sorts of internet messages to the Iranians telling them that there are Israelis who like them and don't want war.
There's an important Mishne worth thinking about:
ת"ר: לעולם ידור אדם בארץ ישראל אפילו בעיר שרובה עובדי כוכבים, ואל ידור בחו"ל ואפילו בעיר שרובה ישראל 1 , שכל הדר בארץ ישראל - דומה כמי שיש לו אלוה, וכל הדר בחוצה לארץ - דומה כמי שאין לו אלוה, שנא' (ויקרא כה): "לתת לכם את ארץ כנען - להיות לכם לאלהים". וכל שאינו דר בארץ אין לו אלוה?! אלא לומר לך: כל הדר בחו"ל - כאילו עובד עבודת כוכבים; וכן בדוד הוא אומר: (שמואל א, כו) "כי גרשוני היום מהסתפח בנחלת ה' לאמר לך עבוד אלהים אחרים", וכי מי אמר לו לדוד לך עבוד אלהים אחרים? אלא לומר לך: כל הדר בחו"ל - כאילו עובד עבודת כוכבים. (מסכת כתובות דף קי ע"ב)To summarize, not exact translation: It's better for to live in a town in the Land of Israel full of sinners, even those who worship the stars, than live in the diaspora among Jews. That's because one has G-d living in the Land of Israel and G-d isn't in the Diaspora.
Leviticus Chapter 25:38 I am the LORD your God, who brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, to give you the land of Canaan, to be your God.From Virtual Jerusalem:
If we accept this premise, we can also understand the intent of the Sages in their words: "Everyone who lives in the Land of Israel it is as if he has a God, and anyone who lives outside the Land it is as if he has no God."And even Torah observant rabbis have no right to make proclamations of how various mitzvot should be observed. We each must choose our own rabbi, and this Beinart doesn't qualify and hasn't been chosen. And to be perfectly honest, United States President Barack Hussein Obama, United Nations officials and all the others who keep giving us orders have no right to do so.
Let them clean up their own messes.
Thanks to Hadassa for all her help.