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Israel, Then You

Israel, Then You

Everyone here understands that we are fighting for our lives.


I feel like I weigh 500 pounds.

Everyone I know feels like they are walking through water.

We are all so very, very sad.

This is what I know right now, today:

The ugliness, the venom and sheer, violent hatred you are seeing in Paris, London, Berlin, LA, Boston, Denver…. this is just the beginning.

Today they’re throwing bricks at synagogues and saying “Kill the Jews.” Tomorrow it will be someone else.

We Jews are the canaries in the coal mine for all of humanity. Today they are throwing bricks at synagogues and smashing chairs and saying “Kill the Jews.”

Tomorrow it will be someone else.

Do the French really think these people will protect and safeguard the treasures of the Louvre?

Do Londoners really think these people will cherish the symbols of the British Empire?

Does anyone really think this is only about Israel and the disputed territories?

Today it is Israel, tomorrow it will be you.

Maybe that is why everyone gets so disproportionately annoyed about this conflict. Because everyone knows after us it gets real personal…

Seeing these violent protests, hearing the sickening screams for death, we Israelis understand better than ever we must fight for every square inch and with all we have.

It matters not how much better our military is, how much more precise our targets can be.

It only matters that when the smoke clears Hamas is disarmed, destroyed, disabled and defeated. Forever.

Hamas. NOT the people of Gaza. I feel so very sorry for them. Sorry they were misguided and elected these lunatics. Sorry that in their desperation they allowed Hamas to fill the empty bedrooms next to their children’s room with rockets. Sorry that their leaders have mansions and swimming pools and are sitting in air conditioning in another city while they are sweating and wondering where the roof over their houses went. (If not their house itself.) Sorry that they have been brought up with no inkling of who Israelis are nor what compromise is.

Defeating Hamas will be a big problem for the power brokers because shame and honor are all that matter in this part of the world.

Honor in the Middle East does not come from whether your children are literate, how successful you are, how much money you make, how civilized your community is, nor how many paved roads you have, and whether or not you have garbage collection and recycling.

Here in this part of the world, for Hamas, honor comes from getting revenge.

For them revenge is everything.

For them revenge is the only thing.

Remember we left Gaza. There was no blockade. They were free to build a model democracy- the first successful shining, taste of the new, proud Palestine. But they didn’t want that kind of success…

Fool me once, shame on you.

Fool me twice, shame on me.

We will not be fooled again.

We have nowhere else to go. And the rockets won’t stop.

The folks in the south cannot shower, go the bathroom, get more milk or walk a dog without wondering if they are taking their lives in their own hands.

There is another Gaza underneath Gaza.

Hamas could have built hundreds of schools, paved thousands of roads, build hundreds of kindergartens with the cement and iron they have used to build these underground bunkers and tunnels (and you wondered why Israel put a blockade on bringing building supplies into the Gaza strip?).

These tunnels to hell are filled with ammunition.

And no women or children, not a single elderly person is brought to safety there.

They want them on the street, on the roof, standing right behind, nice and close to the terrorist firing the rocket.

Hamas asked for a cease-fire.

And they broke it.

They break every single one.

Israel is setting up a massive field hospital to treat our enemies. There will be a working maternity ward, an operating theater…a working hospital. For… our enemies.

We have lost 53. And I am afraid we are going to lose more boys.

But everyone here understands that we are fighting for our lives.

They cannot compromise and they don’t want peace or to share or to negotiate. They want revenge even if it means killing their own people.

So we have to go in there and do things none of us want to do, but we have to.

So this is why we are all so sad.

Israelis want peace so badly.

But we also desperately want to live. We love life and we are not about to let anyone, let alone a bunch of deranged thugs, take it away from us.

Remember, if they win, you are next.

If we win those symbols of civilization that everyone takes so for granted will remain standing and everyone will criticize and complain about disproportionate responses and war crimes and all kinds of other irrelevant nonsense, but secretly I think everyone will be heaving a sigh of relief.

July 30, 2014

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Visitor Comments: 16

(12) Janice, August 11, 2014 5:01 PM

Someday, when the European haters wake up to find themselves living under Islam, their laws and their lives (and their daughters' "chastity") controlled by Islamists, they will say, "Israel in 2014 was doing the work of the real world, the rational world, and we - we did not know."

Daniel Less, August 12, 2014 5:25 PM

It's already happening.

Some people in Europe are already wakening up to the fact that they will most likely become minorities in their own countries one day. They just don't seem to know what to do about it, that's the really tragic thing about the whole situation.

(11) Neicee, August 2, 2014 8:13 PM

Heavy heart for Israel

I have prayed for all of you residing in Israel, yet keep alive in my heart the promise of G-d the Father that He'll always protect you. The U.S. has lost sight of the fear and anguish we all felt after 9/11. Europe has not felt that fear for 70 years. If it's OK I would like permission to e-mail this splendid article to every single person I know here in the U.S. that I know doesn't understand the ramifications of standing by and doing nothing but criticizing decisions made by Israeli's for Israeli's. Bless you all and stay well. Many thanks to the author. Well said.

(10) Yehudith Shraga, August 1, 2014 7:59 AM

Muammar Gaddafi on women's role in Muslim world and Muslim birth rate in Europe:

on Muslim birth rate in Europe:

We have 50 million Muslims in Europe. There are signs that Allah will grant Islam victory in Europe—without swords, without guns, without conquest—will turn it into a Muslim continent within a few decades.

Gaddafi's on women's "right":

Women must be trained to fight in houses, prepare explosive belts and blow themselves up alongside enemy soldiers. Anyone with a car must prepare it and know how to install explosives and turn it into a car-bomb. We must train women to place explosives in cars and blow them up in the midst of enemies, and blow up houses so that they can collapse on enemy soldiers. Traps must be prepared. You have seen how the enemy checks baggage: we must fix these suitcases in order for them to explode when they open them. Women must be taught to place mines in cupboards, bags, shoes, children's toys so that they explode on enemy soldiers.

(9) diane flock, August 1, 2014 3:35 AM

how do you fight the world

JEWS are being driven out of France. anti-semitism is rampant in Europe and the Middle East. i am afraid for my children and grandchildren.

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