Been ruminating quite a bit on the tension between having to protect one's self and people and remaining true to their 'mission'.
As I wade in, let me begin with
this question: is there or has there been any other army, anywhere,
anytime, that has taken as much care as the IDF has and still does to
avoid civilian casualties? Not us; we are SO out of the running it's not
even funny. UK? France? Ditto. Canada?
Nasty things are now coming out about Canada's record with its First
Nations and it don't look too good. Don't know about Anzacs, though.
And I'm not talking about what most Western soldiers are taught
nowadays; I'm talking in-the-field experience. Any other army hardly
even merits mentioning here. Anyone who wants to differ; you'd better
have examples at the ready!
Countries as well as individuals have
straws which break the camel's back. I'd say the kidnapping and murder
of the three yeshiva boys qualifies. Time will tell whether Bibi &
co. were waiting for just such a straw and I'm not going into that right
now. So, all you brainless weepers, what, then, should Israel have done
this time? Especially when Hamas uses its own people as shields for its
And let us be thankful Israel had had enough
when it did. That is, unless more dead Jews are kind of your
'thing'--and in which case I'll be only too glad to push you off a cliff
if we ever meet!
I can hardly blame Israelis for despairing of the
peace process over the last twenty years. Time and again the PA has been
offered settlements with 95% of what they asked for and they've turned
them all down. On one such occasion, then-Crown Prince (now King)
Abdullah of Saudi Arabia threw up his hands and told Abbas, "You turned this deal down?! That's it! We can't support you anymore, you're on your
However, Israelis are not the only ones despairing of it. I
am told that among ordinary Palestinians, dissatisfaction with both
Fatah and Hamas is rife. Maybe it's time to give the real Gandhis among
them (and they do exist) more of a chance. Ditto the Israelis who want
to, and do, work for real peace and whose numbers, once acquainted with
their Arab counterparts, are likely to grow mightily.
Lerner, whom I largely respect, has written of his broken heart and how
Israel is killing his Judaism. Let's take a look at that supposition.
I suggest it is, or ought to be, a given that Jews holding temporal
power in their hands once more after at least a millennium and a half of
being essentially powerless, will change and is changing Judaism.
Judaism is also quite pluralistic, although some (including me) work on
expanding that further. It may be trite, boring and just plain OLD to
repeat that, so long as that powerlessness persisted, Jews could afford a
sort of ethereal purity. That is no longer the case, nor should it be
as it'd get them all killed today and only the Devil's servants want
In the 1930s, many if not most Jews were either indifferent or
downright hostile to Zionism. In that respect, the Shoah was the last
straw after 15 centuries which convinced many that they couldn't afford
NOT to be Zionists. Never again, truly!
But for whom, the Left asks
(as it should)? Shouldn't that apply to everyone and not only Jews? Of
course it SHOULD, you omadhauns! (Gaelic for lunkheads) And I do agree
with the good rabbi that Jews do have a charge to be out in front in
that respect. The ideas of a common morality for all of common humanity
are from God through Israel and Israel deserves our respect for being
the first prism for that light!
We also live in a world where many
HATE those ideas and want more than anything to banish them from our
minds. In such a world, the first conveyors of such ideas will be in
serious danger at least now and again! And because we all have a part of
us which also hates those strictures and/or fears to go against the
darkness-motivated mobs, can we be sure we'll help them when they need
help? Need I remind my readers how dismally nearly all of us FAILED that
test a mere seventy years ago?!
Under such conditions, the state of
Israel is still only too necessary for Jews. Europe today is only
underlining that uncomfortable fact!
"If I am not for myself, who
will be? But if I am for myself only, what am I?" Hillel said and wrote
it two millennia ago and it is as true now as then. And it's also true
that Am Yisrael is still the pilot group in walking that tightrope, with
the rest of us following with wildly different degrees of willingness