Without the sacrifices made to preserve freedom, there could be no independence. And without independence, those sacrifices have no meaning. And so Israel remembers its fallen in the Yom HaZikaron, Memorial Day. And then on the next day it remembers their achievement, a free and independent nation in Yom HaAtzmaut, Independence Day.
A day after Israel's declaration of independence on May 14, 1948, it was fighting for its survival against local Islamist militias, including the Mufti of Jerusalem's, Jaysh al-Jihad al-Muqaddas, along with the armies of 7 Arab nations, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Syria and Yemen. On the Muslim side was the Arab Legion, at the time considered to be the best army in the region, under the British General Glubb, whose son would later convert to Islam, and become involved with terrorist groups.
On the Israeli side were frontier units that had evolved not that long ago from orchard guards, ex-WW2 US and UK soldiers, refugees just off the boat who had been given a rifle to hold, with or without ammunition and small groups of farmers holding out as best they could.
One such small group of farmers in the Battle of Gesher, held out against several battalions of the Iraqi army, under the Crown Prince of Iraq, Abd Al Illah (Slave of Allah).
But today while the sirens sound in the cities of Israel, the electronic wail for the voiceless dead-- the corridors of power under Biden are filled with a relentless scurrying and plotting on how to best convince or compel Israel to surrender its independence and carve it up into pieces small enough for its old enemies to be able to swallow up whole.
Today Jerusalem is under siege for a third time. Not by armies with guns in hand, but by politicians bent on forcing appeasement. The invaders no longer come in uniforms. They come wearing suits and ties, bearing diplomatic papers in hand. The new siege of Jerusalem is a diplomatic siege by men who have never fired guns, but who would rob the sacrifice of those who stood watch against the night.
And the conclusion that must be drawn from this third siege is that Israel is neither independent nor free until it can dispatch them home empty handed by putting its people first and putting the diplomats who slip money to left wing groups to agitate against Israel at home on the first flight home.
Israel has withstood sieges of arms. It has paid for it dearly, but it has survived and thrived. But Israel is succumbing to the siege of diplomats, because it is neither independent, nor free. And that is because it has stood up to its enemies in battle, but it has never been able to shake off that inferiority complex that manifests itself in seeking their approval, in believing that the moral high ground comes in making concessions to those who would kill you, rather than in protecting your own citizens against them.
Today Israel has the region's best soldiers and the worst diplomats, who go from door to door, apologizing for their country and trying to defend it halfheartedly against the worst of charges. Meanwhile their enemies, who murder their own children for honor, build cities with slave labor and openly declare that they will destroy every non-Muslim country in the world, laugh at their hasbara.
Israel has never been allowed to stop fighting. The question is whether it is fighting for its survival or its independence.
Israel has spent the last several decades fighting for its survival, and the country is weary of it. Because the difference between fighting for survival and fighting for independence, is the same as a man swimming to cross the channel, and another man trying to stay afloat in open water. The difference is purpose. The amateur men and even women, fighting in 1948, understood what they were fighting for. They were fighting for their freedom. The average Israeli soldier today sees himself as something akin to a police officer, walking a fine line between not getting shot, and not doing something to a potential terrorist that will result in an international incident.
The IDF soldier swears an oath to protect his homeland, but what land is that. It is not Gaza anymore. Is it Judea and Samaria on the West Bank, and if so which parts of it? Is it Jerusalem or only half of Jerusalem. Is his home part of that homeland he is defending, or will a new government decide that he is actually a settler, and under international pressure, decide to demolish his home and drive out his family, even after he has died a hero's death? He does not know what his land is, because his land is now whatever the international community will decide it is.
His duty is to avoid being involved in a shooting incident will be result in an outcry against Israel. To stand guard, without offending anyone. To fight for land that his government has already sold out from under him. When the Israeli soldier fights, he must know what he is fighting for. Not survival. Not a chance for the diplomats to sit around the negotiating table again, and take apart the map of Israel like spiteful children playing with a puzzle-- but for independence. His country's and his own.
The graves of the dead open on Memorial Day, and those who died peer out, to know if their sacrifice was of any worth. In Jerusalem and beyond, in unmarked graves, buried among the rubble, lost in the land of the enemy.
Once, the Prophet Ezekiel stood in the valley of dry bones, and G-d asked him, "Son of man, can these bones live". In 1948 the House of Israel was a house of dry bones. Starving concentration camp survivors, children hiding in forests with haunted eyes, a handful of militia playing soldier with used Czech rifles. Jews living as degraded and oppressed servants in a dozen Muslim nations. Turning the dung of camels into fuel. Knowing that they had no rights, but the right to bow to their Muslim betters.
"Then He said unto me, 'Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel; behold, they say: Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are clean cut off. Therefore prophesy, and say unto them: Thus saith the Lord G-d: Behold, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, O My people; and I will bring you into the land of Israel.'" (Ezekiel 37)
And so He did. They came on boats through the British blockade. Men with stick thin arms marked with permanent numbers took up rifles. Dry bones that somehow stood and fought. Men who had been compelled to walk behind Muslims, to bow to Muslims, to defer to them-- took up arms and fought back against them. And they lived. Even those who died, lived. And will live forever.
What is the difference between dry bones and the living. It is spirit. Without spirit, a man may walk and talk, but he is already dead. The State of Israel today has tanks and submarines, jet planes and nuclear reactors. But its spirit is being leeched away and its people are again oppressed. Once more their old masters rule over them. For Israel to live again, it must secure a true and lasting independence. It must fight for it. It must give up the idea that anyone but its own people and its own G-d may sit in judgment over it or dictate its borders. For only through independence, can Israel ever be free.
Never stop speaking the truth Daniel. You are onoe of my herosReplyDelete
thank you, the heroes are the ones out there fighting, but we all do wha twe canDelete
Love for Country and its Founding PrinciplesReplyDelete
were passions once shared by Americans and
Israelis. It was the life blood coursing
through the arteries of their dynamic peoples.
With it, they were indomitable. Losing it is
an unspeakable tragedy.
There is no higher priority than regaining our
singular focus on robust independence and
survival as free civilizations.
As a fan and daily reader I also am a son of original Betar not the soccer club. I must say I deeply appreciate you and your writing. I am in tears. Keep the faith.ReplyDelete
that is a proud legacy to hold, I envy youDelete
Sniveling Jews everywhere want to feed their social insecurities through the fickle and insincere approbation of degenerates that is the ingrained response to 2000yrs of psychological oppression from these feudal overseers. Israelis are little different, with but minor tweaks. Israelis think America is 'forever'. America is now an ephemeral smoke screen, rotting from the inside. November will not bring any change of direction but merely a hiatus from precipitous decline.ReplyDelete
The antisemitism of the Old World has infected the New. The precedent has been set. There has never been any authenticity in Jewish exile. The messianic denouement is a prodigious falsehood that is in fundamental violation of the Divine Compact. There is only the failure to assume national responsibilities to which the Jews were bound. The punishment for that dereliction was terrible. The window of opportunity is now again closing. The punishment will be magnified fed by the ferocity and sanctimony of their mindless, false projections.
The God of Israel is going to demonstrate that the fate of Israel depends on HIM not on Washington or anywhere else. And this is going to be demonstrated to all by the destruction of the American experiment and with that all the perfidious Jews that are now a prominent part within that failure.
As a Christian, I accept that Israel is God's chosen land for His redemption of the world. I accept too that only the Jews gave us the concept of the One True God who is best seen in the Tanakh, albeit with that later twist to history that produced a Jewish rabbi for the rest of us(non-Jews) to worship as His Son and Spirit. The Jews don't need any embellishment, but we Greco Roman Gentiles certainly did. And do .ReplyDelete
Israel, as you say has been the global hope, but hated for it like any scapegoat that it creates in its faith. The removal of Bibi, his all too obvious willingness to go along with the Covid technological evils ,as well as his being among the first to accept Bidens steal has rendered Israel to be in grievous, godless error. Surely.
Sadly, Israel- like Ireland, Ukraine etc- is now merely a shop front for Schwab, Soros etc. The likes of Bennett are fully owned too.
So yes, Israel and its people remain God's beacon to the globe. But it is hated for this, and God surely rages at what the Israeli state has done to its own citizens. It's technological expertise has been effortless converted into surveilling its own people, scapegoating its own citizens and fawning around the WHO instead of praying for wisdom and guidance.
You wrote well of the Hebrews choosing slavery over freedom recently at Pasach. Not all Israelites chose to go, no shortage of Hebrews chose the comforts and conformity of the Pharaohs approval or tolerance instead. So no change.
May God Bless Israel and His people as He does. But may too, the nation ask for forgiveness for preferring Gates to God.
Bowing the knee to Bill is as blasphemous to doing the same to Baal. So I'd have thought.
You merely speak truth.ReplyDelete
However it is the Israeli people who have become stiff necked that must change.
For it is they who vote for whom they do.
Those who kowtow to the suits and have no pride or faith in Israel.
America is a bully.
She had abused, robbed & raped countries & peoples across the globe in the name of freedom & liberty, but really for Americas businesses.
Nothing will change intil you deal with your school yard bully.
America is not your friend, but America’s.