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Thursday, April 6, 2017

The Radical Jewish Left and The 1967 Six Days War

There are too many, OK even one would be bad, radical Leftist Jewish groups calling themselves "pro-Israel" while their policies support the delegitimization and dismantling of the State of Israel.

Here in Israel there's "Peace Now," as if "peace" is s commodity that one can just buy for a price. And there are those women's groups that harass soldiers who are too polite or confused to arrest them.

Internationally there's BDS, as insidious as a group can be, trying to attack Israel's economy, even though many, or most for sure, of the businesses they target employ the very same Arabs they claim to support.

And there's J Street, the darling of the American Left, like Obama, the Clintons etc.

American Protesters' Cause Isn't Clear to Israel

It used to be that American pro-Israel Jewry, Right, Left and Center, could unite around groups like AIPAC, but the anti-Israel element in American Jewish society has been getting bolder. They're beginning to remove their "pro-Israel" disguises and revealing their essence, allowing the world to see the truth. They are pro-Arab, pro-Palestine and do not accept the legitimacy of the State of Israel and Zionism.

It's now a half a century since the 1967 Six Days War, which was a war for the very survival of the State of Israel. Today it's only my generation and older who remember the war and the tension and threats that led to it.

The State of Israel had to fight for its life, its very existence, and we had absolutely no allies.

  • Egypt, Syria, Iraq and Jordan allied against Israel under the leadership of Abdel Nasser of Egypt. 
  • Nasser demanded that the United Nations remove its peacekeeping forces from the Suez Canal, and the UN complied.
  • Nasser announced that he was going to destroy the State of Israel, pushing it into the sea.
  • And the world was silent. 
Not only was the world silent, no condemnations of Nasser, but you could feel them sitting comfortably waiting to see how long it would take for Israel to be defeated. At the time, Israel was a very poor, rather backwards country with a brain-drain population loss. And the popular joke was:
"Would the last person to leave, please turn off the lights at Lod Airport."
It was just over twenty years since the end of World War Two, and it was easy to see that little had changed since that same "world" had ignored the murder of six million Jews by the Nazis and had done nothing to stop it. 

The totally miraculous result of the Six Days War shocked Israelis as much as it shocked and horrified those who had been secretly hoping that Nasser would succeed. I have no delusions. I remember it all so well. The pro-Soviet Israeli Left had more power and influence in Israeli society than people like to admit. That's why there wasn't immediate annexation and settlement of the Land we so miraculously liberated.

Israel didn't decide on that surprise attack on the Arab air forces for a "land grab." It was the only way our smaller and weaker military forces had a chance to survive a war. It was also clear that if Nasser made military headway, more armies would join him against us, and the State of Israel wouldn't have had a chance to defeat them. Remember that we were all alone; we had no allies at all.

The State of Israel's victory in 1967 was of Biblical proportions and due to the miracles Gd performed.

וְעַל הַנִּסִּים וְעַל הַפֻּרְקָן. וְעַל הַגְּבוּרות. וְעַל הַתְּשׁוּעות וְעַל הַנִּפְלָאות וְעַל הַנֶּחָמות שֶׁעָשִׂיתָ לַאֲבותֵינוּ בַּיָּמִים הָהֵם בַּזְּמַן הַזֶּה
And [we thank You] for the miracles, for the redemption, for the mighty deeds, for the saving acts, and for the wonders which You have wrought for our ancestors in those days, at this time— (Chabad)


2 comments:

Netivotgirl said...

Spot on as usual! So very sad what's going on with Yidden in America who are pro-BDS and don't know the facts, only what the anti-Israel media (BBC/ CNN) stuffs down their throats. I am so glad to live here at HOME and not there. Kudos Batya!

Batya Medad said...

Thanks, I agree. I can't imagine living anywhere else.