Recent polls (for those that believe in the tooth fairy) have shown the dark side of the relationship between American and Israeli Jews, given what is claimed to be the opinion held by the majority of US Jewry. According to these polls, 78% of American Jewry back Obama’s plan for Peace between Israel and the Arabs of Judea and Samaria, and on the contrary side 77% of Israelis not only disagree, but many if not most (not including Ha’Aretz readers) are against giving up land to the Arabs of Judea and Samaria for a supposed Peace deal.
I think this brings up a very serious issue that involves us all as a people and a nation. Many will jump to say that this division has the taste of a bent mutiny or an existential split among us, maybe… and if so, what has caused it? Has US Jewry simply thrown Israel to the lions while putting their trust in the most “anti-Israel” US President in history?
I do not think it is a question of trust, but rather of dis- and misinformation.
Before our very eyes, organizations such as J Street, New Israel Fund, Americans for Peace Now, and so many others target the ignorant Jews of the diaspora. Indeed, they take advantage of their lack of understanding and knowledge of our history and heritage, and of their naiveté regarding Israel’s complicated and simple situation.
This vast chasm of opinion should be setting off alarms everywhere within the Jewish community. The topic is not only Israel’s safety and survival, policy, and religious affiliation, but also pertains to our combined future.
The results of this division go far beyond the realm of the sane. Israel, as a country, has grown up in the shadow of threat; the fight for survival has therefore been branded into the psyche of most Israelis. It is not paranoia that guides Israel - it is a proven reality.
Everyday we see a new group lambasting Israel, boycotting, divesting. Whether these cat calls come from a boutique distillery in Scotland or from one of the boutique educational US institutions (Yale or Columbia and so on), they reflect and are a direct result of this same division that has been heralded and propagated by Israel’s enemies and our deceived own.
Many diaspora Jews are being taught and manipulated to distance themselves from Israel, they are being taught they are not part of the Israeli nation, and to spoil all, they are being enlisted by Israel’s enemies to act against the Jewish country.
With little actual knowledge of history or factual current events from both sides of the coin, they are taking up a cause that will prove deadly to their future. Unfortunately, the main accomplices in this crime are mainstream Jewish organizations and “leaders” today that only teach one side of our “conflict” and refuse to give equal billing or “touring” of Israel so as to gain an informed opinion, rather than Arab-infused propoganda aimed only at our destruction.
Perhaps the fear of Aliyah is one of the motives behind the helm, perhaps the fear of being Jewish in an increasingly hostile environment has a hand. Maybe they want to just “fit in”. Nevertheless, alarming amounts of our people are joining an enemy that does not share their values, their hopes, or their future.
One might say the joke is on them, as they are trying to join or be part of a club that really doesn’t want them, their new peers and allies are laughing at them as the noose that they have placed around their own necks grows tighter…one might say.
Hypocrisy has reached new levels, idiocy knows no limits…alas… new characteristics of diaspora Jews in the eyes of our Muslim neighbors, both in and outside of Israel.
In this “bizarro” world of so called “progressive “ and “liberal” Jewish thought, their intentions and actions are leading to their demise, and unfortunately, many innocents will be harmed also. The light they claim to see at the end of the tunnel is not social redemption or justice, it is an oncoming freight train packed with explosives.
Just a quick clarification… I have put progressive and liberal in quotes above as I feel that the words are being misused and twisted into a perverted form, hence “bizarro”.
This growing battle must be fought, and fought to win, by all of us.
As the rise of anti-Jewish and anti-Israel actions continue to reach withering heights, many will discover there is no place to hide, and no place to run (except Israel). Many will discover that the “Court Jew” will no longer be welcome, even in the sacred halls of Columbia and Yale.
Perhaps then, they will realize the true meaning of “there is no place like home”.