Not only does Israel have a right to exist, but also a right to maintain a defensible border and a unified Israeli Jerusalem. To date, only two Middle East countries (Egypt and Jordan) have signed peace treaties with Israel. The remaining countries have cease-fires with Israel — an extremely different animal entirely. And as of this writing, Egypt is well on its way to eradicating its peace treaty with Israel. Many of the countries in the region refuse to acknowledge the right of Israel, Israelis, Jews to exist. And Egypt is quickly approaching that stage where it once again refuses to acknowledge the right of Israel, Israelis, Jews to exist (as it was prior to the Sadat/Begin peace treaty).
Israel has the right to proactively defend itself with overwhelming force against its enemies. Israel has the right to attack without warning, using any military means necessary, in its proactive defense. But Israel has gone “above and beyond” by giving warnings to the civilian population on more than one occasion — a very bad military strategy, but one absolutely necessary politically due to the severe anti-Israel sentiment among the world’s Leftists (but that consideration and attempt at amelioration has never had any effect on the Leftist emotionalism).
Israel further has the right to obtain and maintain buffer zones in its defense against the myriad countries and terrorist organizations arrayed against it, and to annex land into Israel Proper in its defensive travails. It is a well-known fact that Israel cannot afford to lose a single war, else it ceases to exist, while all the Mohammedan countries at animosity to Israel only need to win one war and Israel is destroyed.
Israel is the only free, democratic nation in the region. Israel is the only nation in the region that allows the free exercise of Judaism, Christianity and Mohammedanism without repercussion. Israel is the only nation in the region that allows Jews and Arabs to serve high elected offices within government. The rest of the region is far less than free. Iraq has democratic elections and a framework of democracy but the Mohammedan anti-freedom, anti-Israel, anti-America foreign insurgents prevent a true freedom and a true democratic and free society to gain any semblance of a strong foundation. Without American presence, even the shadow of democracy would quickly fade away in Iraq. The rest are Mohammedan tyrannies. Kingdoms, caliphate, terrorist-owned and caused barren land, however you wish to describe it.
The Call of Abram
1 The LORD had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.
2 “I will make you into a great nation,
and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing.
3 I will bless those who bless you,
and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
will be blessed through you.”
Israel has been Blessed from Providence’s founding of it. And the Curse is recognized as absolutely real. While the Blessing has no consideration in my pro-Israel stance, I hold out the Curse to all who choose to side with the Mohammedans and terrorists (same thing) who fight for the destruction of Israel.
One side celebrates when children are blown up in a pizza parlor, cheers when a school bus is attacked, uses ambulances to smuggle explosives, violates agreements before the ink is dry and sends mentally disabled children covered with bombs up to security gates while hiding behind more children. The other gives medical help, calms and saves the children wrapped in bombs, tries to target those who are actually attacking and keeps the agreements they’ve made until the other side breaks them.
I know which side I’m on.
Our esteemed host has asked the site contributors to add their thoughts to the Pro-Israel page, and of course, I agreed.
The United States has a special relationship, a special bond with Israel, one that rivals the bond we have with our mother country, the United Kingdom. But while our country was born of the United Kingdom, while our people speak the English language — though I suppose some of our British friends might take issue with that! — while we have a culture which is, at its core, English, we share none of this with the Jewish State. Only 1.7% of Americans are Jewish by descent or heritage, and though we have the second largest Jewish population in the world (5,275,000, or 39.3%, not far behind Israel’s 5,703,700, or 42.5%), American Jews are only a small part of our over 300 million souls.
So, why do we have such a special relationship with a country which does not share our history, which does not use our tongue, and which does not share our dominant religion or our culture?
I think that the answer to that comes in two parts. The first part is the part of shame. While the United States doesn’t have the same history of anti-Semitism as the European nations, it certainly existed here. We had no Погромь here, we had no l’affaire Dreyfus, but we certainly did have more subtle things: in the early twentieth century, many universities had Numerus clausus which restricted the admission of students based on race or ethnicity, and one group which was frequently held to lower numbers than their qualifications would have justified were Jews. Then, during World War II, we had the ridiculous Bermuda Conference, which was supposed to find a way to liberate Jews freeing from Nazi tyranny, but which ran afoul of American immigration laws which had quotas on the number of Jews who could be admitted. While we didn’t know the real extent of the Holocaust going on under the Third Reich, rumors and suspicions abounded, and if we didn’t know the details, we knew that something horrible was happening. As a mostly Christian nation, when the war ended, and the full horror of the השואה was known, we felt a collective sense of shame at our own actions, and inactions, where the Jews were concerned.
But if the first part of the answer is shame, the second half is pride. Israel was not created by prosperous American Jews, who had been mostly safe in the United States during the war, immigrating to the Holy Land, but by the tough, mostly impoverished, mostly displaced Jews who had survived the HaShoah in Europe. These were men and women and children who had lost all of their material possessions, and lost their homes and land, who braved a new world, and built a new country, out of the desert scrub, amidst a larger, hostile population. They were, in a way, not unlike the first English settlers on our shores, separated from their homes and the lands of their birth, having nothing but the clothes on their backs, a few tools, and a grim determination to build a better life than what they had left behind.
Not only were the Israeli settlers recreating our own history of nation-building, both the Jews in Israel and the Jews in the United States had a culture which was the envy of Americans. Where we had long celebrated the ethic of diligence and hard work, nobody lived that ethic more obviously than the Jews. Such were the stories we read from the Jews struggles in Israel, and such were the things we directly witnessed among Jews in the United States, a subculture which stressed hard work from childhood, to get the best grades in school so as to win the best college admissions, to get the best grades in college in order to win the best seats in graduate and professional schools. The Jews lived the culture that we said we admired.
Now, there were some things about the Israeli Jews we never truly did appreciate. They were primarily of European origin, and grew up with European political and economic ideas . . . and that meant many experiments with various forms of socialism, including the communal community קיבוץ, or Kubbutz. Israeli politics have always seemed strange to us, with their unwieldy proportional-representation parliament, the Knesset, and its constantly changing coalitions. But they were still closer to us than the Arabs, and the Arab attacks aimed at destroying Israel and killing or expelling all of the Jews horrified American sensibilities.
We have lost some of that today, with more Westerners in general, and Americans in particular, taking the side of the Palestinians, whom they see as the underdogs. But, to me, the Israelis are truly the heroes of the Middle East. Despite our cultural differences, despite our lack of a shared history, they are a part of democratic Western civilization. We can have some sympathies for the benighted Palestinians, who live in ignorance and squalor, but we also know that much of their ignorance and squalor is the result of their own choices, choices taken in the past, and choices being taken to this day. The Israelis have been able to make the desert bloom; the Palestinians have made the desert into a ghetto.
The Israelis are not a perfect people, and the Jews are not some superior breed of human beings. But through hard work and much sacrifice, often self-sacrifice, they have built a nation to admire, a state to respect in a harsh land. The LORD promised to Moses that he would give the Israelites a land flowing with milk and honey (Exodus 3:8), but the Jews who returned to their ancestral homeland had to make the milk and honey flow themselves. This is something that we Americans admire.