Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Same Old News, Insanity

Dry Bones reposts a lot of his cartoons, because they're never really out of date:

Dry Bones

Arafat got away with it for two main reasons:
  1. The world has always been willing to believe the worst about us.
  2. We (Jews/Israelis in general) hold ourselves up to a very hypercritical distorted mirror.
NGO Monitor's latest article tells more about the same thing:
Leaked documents on Arab-Israeli conflict promote misinformation from NGO grantees
Since 2010, six documents from the offices of EU representatives in Israel and the Palestinian Authority have been leaked to the Israeli and international media. The leaked documents are:
•“EU Heads of Mission Report on East Jerusalem” (one from December 2010 / a second from December 2011)
•“Situation of Arab-Israeli citizens” (December 2011, Confidential Report)
•“Area C and Palestinian State Building” (July 2011)
•“Settler Attacks” (internal reports, one from April 2011/ second from February 2012, with cover note)-read more-
No matter what we do, we'll be criticized.  We must learn from it.  It's insane not to have learned by now.

During the Biblical conquest of the Land of Israel, our leader Joshua learned that he had to be in the forefront of the battle and follow G-d's orders.  After the great and easy victory over Jericho, led by Joshua with G-d's help, Joshua sent fighter to The Ai, Joshua Chapter 7 יְהוֹשֻׁעַ and we were easily defeated.
ב וַיִּשְׁלַח יְהוֹשֻׁעַ אֲנָשִׁים מִירִיחוֹ, הָעַי אֲשֶׁר עִם-בֵּית אָוֶן מִקֶּדֶם לְבֵית-אֵל, וַיֹּאמֶר אֲלֵיהֶם לֵאמֹר, עֲלוּ וְרַגְּלוּ אֶת-הָאָרֶץ; וַיַּעֲלוּ, הָאֲנָשִׁים, וַיְרַגְּלוּ, אֶת-הָעָי. 2 And Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai, which is beside Beth-aven, on the east side of Beth-el, and spoke unto them, saying: 'Go up and spy out the land.' And the men went up and spied out Ai.
ג וַיָּשֻׁבוּ אֶל-יְהוֹשֻׁעַ, וַיֹּאמְרוּ אֵלָיו אַל-יַעַל כָּל-הָעָם--כְּאַלְפַּיִם אִישׁ אוֹ כִּשְׁלֹשֶׁת אֲלָפִים אִישׁ, יַעֲלוּ וְיַכּוּ אֶת-הָעָי; אַל-תְּיַגַּע-שָׁמָּה, אֶת-כָּל-הָעָם, כִּי מְעַט, הֵמָּה. 3 And they returned to Joshua, and said unto him: 'Let not all the people go up; but let about two or three thousand men go up and smite Ai; make not all the people to toil thither; for they are but few.'
ד וַיַּעֲלוּ מִן-הָעָם שָׁמָּה, כִּשְׁלֹשֶׁת אֲלָפִים אִישׁ; וַיָּנֻסוּ, לִפְנֵי אַנְשֵׁי הָעָי. 4 So there went up thither of the people about three thousand men; and they fled before the men of Ai.
ה וַיַּכּוּ מֵהֶם אַנְשֵׁי הָעַי, כִּשְׁלֹשִׁים וְשִׁשָּׁה אִישׁ, וַיִּרְדְּפוּם לִפְנֵי הַשַּׁעַר עַד-הַשְּׁבָרִים, וַיַּכּוּם בַּמּוֹרָד; וַיִּמַּס לְבַב-הָעָם, וַיְהִי לְמָיִם. 5 And the men of Ai smote of them about thirty and six men; and they chased them from before the gate even unto Shebarim, and smote them at the descent; and the hearts of the people melted, and became as water.
ו וַיִּקְרַע יְהוֹשֻׁעַ שִׂמְלֹתָיו, וַיִּפֹּל עַל-פָּנָיו אַרְצָה לִפְנֵי אֲרוֹן יְהוָה עַד-הָעֶרֶב--הוּא, וְזִקְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל; וַיַּעֲלוּ עָפָר, עַל-רֹאשָׁם. 6 And Joshua rent his clothes, and fell to the earth upon his face before the ark of the LORD until the evening, he and the elders of Israel; and they put dust upon their heads.
We need to have G-d with us.  The Jewish/Israeli army isn't just guns, tanks and airplanes.  We must follow G-d's instructions, like Joshua did the second time he attempted to conquer The Ai, Joshua Chapter 8:
כח וַיִּשְׂרֹף יְהוֹשֻׁעַ, אֶת-הָעָי; וַיְשִׂימֶהָ תֵּל-עוֹלָם שְׁמָמָה, עַד הַיּוֹם הַזֶּה. 28 So Joshua burnt Ai, and made it a heap for ever, even a desolation, unto this day.
כט וְאֶת-מֶלֶךְ הָעַי תָּלָה עַל-הָעֵץ, עַד-עֵת הָעָרֶב; וּכְבוֹא הַשֶּׁמֶשׁ צִוָּה יְהוֹשֻׁעַ וַיֹּרִידוּ אֶת-נִבְלָתוֹ מִן-הָעֵץ, וַיַּשְׁלִיכוּ אוֹתָהּ אֶל-פֶּתַח שַׁעַר הָעִיר, וַיָּקִימוּ עָלָיו גַּל-אֲבָנִים גָּדוֹל, עַד הַיּוֹם הַזֶּה. {פ} 29 And the king of Ai he hanged on a tree until the eventide; and at the going down of the sun Joshua commanded, and they took his carcass down from the tree, and cast it at the entrance of the gate of the city, and raised thereon a great heap of stones, unto this day. {P}
ל אָז יִבְנֶה יְהוֹשֻׁעַ מִזְבֵּחַ, לַיהוָה אֱלֹהֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל, בְּהַר, עֵיבָל. 30 Then Joshua built an altar unto the LORD, the God of Israel, in mount Ebal,

Consulting with the United States President and groveling for the approval of various international leaders is not the way for the State of Israel to survive and thrive.  As we approach the forty-fifth anniversary of our great G-d given victory of the 1967 Six Days War, we must learn and internalize that important lesson.  We have no true human/foreign ally.  We just have G-d.  And we must live and govern according to G-d's Laws.

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