Pessach has always symbolized renewal in many aspects. We celebrate our freedom as a nation, we celebrate Israel and many other wonderful gifts. It starts the season of spring, a time of renewed life and hope. It is a time of new beginnings in many ways, and we pray only for goodness.
Now that the new Government of Israel is settling in, we are seeing how the world is gearing up to deal with them. The US has also redesigned its diplomacy towards the new Netanyahu led government. There are already unconfirmed reports stating that the Whitehouse, under the Guidance of Rahm Emanuel and David Axelrod are working on a plan to blackmail Israel into giving up the Jewish heartland of Judea and Samaria. Under the guise of assistance against the Iranian nuclear threat, the US will assist only if Israel relinquishes its hold on these regions, again this has yet to be confirmed. Another interesting statement making it’s way to the press is that Mr. Emanuel says that in four years there will be an arrangement between Israel and the Palestinians, including the eviction of the Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria, no matter who is Prime Minister of Israel, of course showing total disregard for the democratic state of Israel.
This is very consistent with the strategy and attitude Mr. Emanuel has used in the past. He is a brilliant adversary, who will stop at nothing to achieve his goals. By exploiting the fact that he is an observant Jew, and that his father was a fighter in the “Irgun”, he has managed to pull the wool over the eyes of the majority of Jews throughout the world. I don’t have a problem with this, as I expected no less. Mr. Emanuel has quite the reputation among his peers for having no limits when it comes to succeeding. Simply put, he is a political genius.
I have learned much in my recent travels. I have met other “Irgun” expat victims of the early government of Israel under Ben Gurion/Rabin and Peres. The story is always the same, the discrimination they experienced, the humiliation they had to put up with, which of course lead to these heroes of the Jewish people to abandon their homeland in disgust and deep rooted despising of the Jewish country and the leaders I just mentioned. How can we expect the children of these heroes to act any different regarding Israel? The country that took so much out of their parents, that hurt them so much, of course revenge is on their mind, whether consciously or not. What child would behave differently? Unfortunately. Mr. Emanuel doesn’t realize that the people he will be hurting most are those that revere his father and others that share the same past. In a sense he is actually disrespecting his fathers former dreams and taking hand in the murder of more Jews, something that his father and friends gave their lives to prevent.
We read how Mr. Emanuel orchestrated the handshake between Rabin and Arafat, an act that helped push the Oslo travesty further along and caused even more death and destruction to both Jew and Arab in Israel. Mr. Emanuel, What is your goal? Obviously, Israel’s security is not on the agenda, what about US Security and Integrity? Now that the US is bowing down to everyone, and reaching out to those that only wish to change the West, the question remains, what are your plans?
By pressuring Israel to give up the Jewish Heartland he is becoming a tool of not only Israel’s enemies, but those who despise the US also. He is capitulating to terrorism and to those that support it. How much longer until Hamas leaders begin to frequent the Whitehouse? I am sure this is not his plan, but this is what is happening.
Too many conflicting messages are coming out of the US government. It seems that “Change” indeed has come, and Israel is where it will be felt worse. The pre election chatter of how the Obama administration will stand by Israel’s side doesn’t seem to be that accurate, yes they will be by Israel’s side, but they will stand idly by, and will assist Israel’s enemies accomplish their dreams of cutting the Jewish country in pieces. It appears that someone has been speaking with a “forked tongue” regarding the Jewish Country. Regarding Iran, on one hand they claim they will help Israel put a stop to Iran’s devious plans for the price of sacrificing our heritage, and yet the other hand wishes to tie Israel’s hands in defending itself.
I admit to fear when we in Israel put our security just in our Governments hands, or trust in others to come to our aid, neither side, left or right has learned how to deal with the problem, and lately is constantly looking to be the good puppy of the Whitehouse, instead of being a good and strong leader. I expect Binyamin Netanyahu and his team also to capitulate in record speed, as his agenda seemingly differs from that which he preaches, I pray I am wrong. I go so far as to beseech our new Prime Minister to be strong, as he knows to be, and to follow that which he knows inside to be right, and not do whatever he can to join the “club”.
The distorted amount of attention given to the Middle East is already ridiculous, the US executive branch must focus on what is really happening in the Middle East. If the current US administration is interested in “Change”, it must first look to itself. “Change” comes from within. There is a popular saying regarding how the politicians in Israel act, it says simply, “ We don’t see from here, what we see from there”, or we simple citizens don’t understand what really is going on, we only pay the price.
The world has far to go, and I do not accept that Israel is to blame for the situation in the Middle East. The only harm that Israel causes is its continued existence in the Jewish homeland, this, Israel is guilty of. Everyone has an opinion and usually chooses a side, Mid-East advisors must learn to be above it all and see the real picture. If they come to the conclusion, that Israel is simply a pain in the ---, then so be it, but that does not mean that the US must join in the fight against Israel. Israel will learn to take care of itself. If the Jews living outside of Israel choose to abandon Israel, we will learn to deal with this also, their loss.
A strong and unified Jewish people and Israel has proven to be the most efficient weapon against Islamic terrorism, which is the number one threat in the world today, it is a pity that Israel is being treated as the criminal while societies that embrace the murder of children of being supported. This says much about how the current administration is being run and the values it deems important.
I would like to extend an Invitation to Rahm Emanuel and David Axelrod to come out to Judea and Samaria and see it through different eyes. Not the eyes of politicians, not the eyes of people who have engaged in terror and murder, but through different eyes. The eyes of the people who live here, the same eyes, like yours, who share the past here. Spend a Shabbat with us and see a love and dedication that your fathers spoke of. I am sure you will understand better. Your views will change, it won’t be in line with the voices of Saudi kings and other Arab leaders who are guided by hate, but you will at least get a more truthful picture, and that, if you have the courage, you may bring to the world.
This last day of Pessach celebrates the crossing of the Red Sea, we read the “Song of the Sea”, where the Children of Israel praise Gd for taking them out of bondage and destroying their enemy. It celebrates the beginning of Israel as a people, and leads into the receiving of the Torah, which continues to shape the world till today. May we be granted the same miracle and joy that our ancestors experienced and see our enemies crushed and continue to strive for a better world.