The experts predicted that Obama’s surge in popularity after bin Laden’s demise would quell like the waves at low tide. And on the heels of his latest Middle East announcement, the experts were right.
Now Obama is giving the old land for peace routine to the Israelis. The last time they tried that, the Palestinians turned their vacated synagogues into garages and everything else into rocket launching pads. So much for that brilliant idea.
The bottom line is that the land was won in a war, though the president and much of the world refer to it as “occupation.” For anyone else it would be “annexation,” even for the Hutus. Though for the Israelis, and by extension all Jews, it is an “occupation.” And don’t bother confusing anyone with the facts.
If the president wants us to all get along, then he is going to have to try another tactic.
Happy Birthday, Israel. My ancestors and my ancestors ancestors ancestors ancestors never thought that I, their descendent, a simple woman in an under-water condo, would ever be able to say that. But then sometimes there are miracles.
Of course your presence doesn’t erase anti-Semitism in the world, but it is a start. Anti-Semitism is as old as the hills, or maybe even older. Maybe it’s within their genetic coding. Or maybe it’s because we’d otherwise forget.
But a Jewish state means that we at least have a safe haven, a place to run to when times get tough. Had here been an Israel there wouldn’t have been a Holocaust. Of this I am sure. Had there been an Israel, there wouldn’t have been the pogroms in Russia because we would have had a place to go, and had there been an Israel, there wouldn’t have been the Spanish Inquisition. Of this I am sure.
Your presence doesn’t erase anti-Semitism, but it provides a buffer, a place for us to be proud and a stronger ethnic identity. Happy birthday, Israel. May you live long past 63.