Recently, I wrote a
column that said I was going to be nice and more subdued. I
lied. I have tried.
It is not nice to shout at the television station when I see anti-Semites
like Pat Buchanan 'debate' men like Natan Sharansky on Meet the
Press, and listen to him rant on about the "settlers",
who have caused, by his accounts, everything that is wrong with
the Middle East. In addition, Pat said as soon as they do the 'right
thing' - leave the country preferably - there will be peace and
tranquility in the world. When does the thought of a transfer of
the so-called Palestinian Arabs into one of their twenty-two nations,
instead of throwing Jews out of their own land, become viable?
Actually, it looks as though those leading Israel down the Road
to Hell are holding to the philosophy that people are actually really,
really nice. Why else would they be announcing to the world that
they no longer plan to be mean to the Palestinians and will no longer
demolish the family homes of suicide bombers? Nor, will they harm
a hair or piece of property of any other 'attackers'. How nice!
I wonder how soon Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is going to set up
a fund to rebuild the homes of the terrorists.
The "no terrorists with blood on their hands" release
theory is getting vague. Lately, it seems, anything goes. I even
heard a ludicrous rumor that this 'peace-keeper' Abu Mazen released
frozen funds to terror organizations, with Hamas at the head of
the list. And could the rumor be true that he's now killing any
Palestinian found 'guilty' of fighting terrorism within Palestinian
society? And 350 more of these released terrorists are now being
trained in his "security" forces to "fight terrorism".
Hey, maybe you believe that. If so, I've got some land here in LA
I'd like to sell you.
It is not easy staying calm and benevolent when I watch the jails
being opened and the streets once again flooded with yet more terrorists.
Whose idea was that? I remember when Peres armed 40,000 of these
"Palestinians", who were inducted into the PLO "army",
and I wrote that they would be deployed against the Jews before
the year was out. I was right, but, hey, it was long enough for
Nobel Peace Prizes to be passed out.
The way it's looking from here, it seems that after the last massive
release of terrorists it would be safer for the people in Israel
to just lock themselves up in those same prisons.
Hey, but living across the world, what do I know (although I did
spend five weeks in Beirut in June of 1982 and again in 1993, with
many visits to Israel). I now waste most of my energy complaining
about the stupid decisions of my own president. Moreover, probably,
had John Kerry gotten in, I would have been deploring his lack of
leadership just as loudly. So, what can I say about men who, from
this distance, look as thought they have either lost it or are being
'blackmailed' by someone to give in to their demands?
I am just an American. Actually, I am not even a very religious
one. (Now, that is something that is in the eye of the beholder.
I remember when I was living in Israel and the Israelis would tell
me, "I'm not religious." I even think that they thought
they meant it. Yet, they would always know when the Sabbath was.
Most times, the streets would be empty by two o'clock on Friday,
so everyone could prepare to travel to their mom's house for dinner.
The flower stores would be doing a brisk business and the challahs
in the bakeries were sold out if you did not pick one up early enough.
It was unheard-of not to light the candles at sundown. Anyway, you
get the idea. What is not very religious to a Jew living in Israel
is a lot more religious than what I see here in Los Angeles. When
they say it here, the Jews of Beverly Hills really mean it.) And
I learned valuable lessons during my twenty-six trips and spans
of time when I lived in Israel.
No matter what our varied backgrounds, when we spoke of "them
vs. us", we would be talking about the Muslims who were out
to kill everyone in their wake. I remember being on the beach in
Tel Aviv during an Independence Day celebration. A half-million
of us were watching in awe as jet planes flew above. That in itself
could have been enough, but it was the unity of standing there,
on the beach - along with the religious, the young soldiers, girls
in bikinis, tourists, a hodgepodge of people - we all had one thing
in common: our Jewishness. And the pride that we felt in that.
Today, I am confused. When did the word "settler" become
a negative? Then, they were the heroes. And, folks, that was not
so long ago. What changed everything? I was not religious, but I
liked the fact that there was an independent national radio station
that was - Arutz-7. I even went on as a guest of a few of the "religious"
stations. In retrospect, even though I am not too religious myself,
it was a nice experience.
I am pretty much of a novice, but what is wrong with Zionism in
a Jewish state being high on the agenda?
Honestly, as someone living in a far away land, fifteen minutes
from Beverly Hills, I don't understand the mentality of not only
opening the jails, but then training 350 of them to become more
of those same kind of 'policemen' that Shimon Peres did - 'policemen'
who killed so many hundreds of Jews under Peres' misguided and dangerous
leadership. The same week's news brought the revelation that Israel
has now agreed to no longer destroy the homes of the terrorists,
in their efforts to "make nice" with the new Abbas (a.k.a.
From this distance, and I'm sure there will be many of you to correct
me if I'm wrong, it looks like Sharon has not only lost it, but
is determined to destroy even the illusion of Israel being a democracy.
As a 'tourist', I'm just asking, "How is it possible for him
to split the country in two, with the Jews in 'my' Israel being
on the verge of a 'civil war'?"
As inconceivable as it sounds to me, living all the way across
the ocean, I'm at a loss as to why Sharon desires to transfer all
the settlers' property to Arab Muslim Palestinians, in addition
to supplying them with water, electricity, etc., without getting
anything in return. Am I missing something?
On the other hand, maybe the stupid men who are leading Israel
now are so old that they have forgotten. They no longer remember
the chaos that was caused by the Arab Muslim Palestinian 'workers'
who used their 'worker' status to come in and rampage through the
cities, murdering every innocent Israeli civilian in their way.
As foolish as it sounds, I have even heard rumor that releasing
such 'workers' is next on the agenda. Gawd, why bother to catch
Of course, being a columnist myself, I know how little of the real
news is actually read by the masses. So, maybe I am mistaken in
my perception that Sharon is working as a puppet for President George
Bush, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and British Prime Minister
Tony Blair. Maybe he is just getting himself in line for the Nobel
Prize; after Suha?
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