Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Israel, history, freedom and truth

Jews do not think in terms of days or years. We think in terms of millennia. We do that because we were not born yesterday (like the ‘Palestinians’). We were ‘born’ in the Sinai desert more than 3,300 years ago. We understand the desert. We understand the land upon which we live. We understand millennia.

For more than 1,000 years, we lived on our own land. We were free. We had power. Then we sinned. We were expelled because of those sins.

We walked into exiled. Only a remnant remained behind—caretakers, waiting for our return.

For 2,000 years, those caretakers waited. For those 2,000 years, we became a people without a State. We wandered as exiles. We could not determine our own fate.

Then, in 1948, the world changed. We created a new Jewish State—and a new Jewish fate.

In 1948, our hearts were reborn. The clock of eternal exile seemed to stop.

We no longer wandered. We no longer trembled before the powerful. We danced to a tune we called freedom.

Suddenly, Jews could determine their own fate. Once again, we were a people with our own State. Once again, we had sovereignty over the land.

Now, almost 66 years later, we become again as we had once been. We no longer control our own fate. We no longer determine our future. We no longer dance to that tune we called ‘freedom’.

For 2,000 years, we suffered exile and persecution. For 2,000 years, we trembled at the power others had over us. For 2,000 years, we felt caught between those who hated us and those who refused to help us. Now, 66 years after Independence, we learn that Independence is not freedom. Independence is not power.

Once again, we seem powerless. We tremble at the power others have over us. Once again, our fate will, it seems, be determined by others. Once again, we are caught between those who hate us and those who refuse to stand by us.

In 1948, we danced with joy. We thought we were free. Today, we continue to say we are free. But we talk like Jews trapped in a ghetto.

We are as we were--isolated and assaulted. We are still persecuted. We are still the demonized ‘Jew’.

Listen, Israel: listen to the world. We are not free. Listen to what the United Nations says about us. Listen to what the Europeans say about us. Listen to what the world of Islam says about us.

We are not free.

Once again, we are harassed, pressured and persecuted.

Israel Apartheid Week is coming. We will be criminalized.

We will be demonized. We have reason to be afraid.

What happened? How did our freedom disappear?

It did not disappear. We were never free. We just thought we were free.

We were fooled. Now, we play the fool. We say we are free. But we tremble with fear.

We tremble because we are trapped by our enemies. We are also trapped by the false dream of a false freedom.

Our enemies want to destroy us. We believe we can ignore their threats.

We cannot ignore their threats. If we do that, we will never be free. We can only be free if we accept the truth.

The road to freedom begins with truth—the world is content to see Israel demonized. The world is content to see Israel handed over to Muslims. The world is content to see Israel disappear.

That’s the truth. Once we accept that truth, we can begin the journey to freedom. We can begin to defend ourselves.

If we live a lie and believe we can be like everyone else and be loved by everyone else, we will never be free. We will be defeated. Jewish Israel will disappear.

That is the truth.




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