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No More Apologies

No More Apologies

I am sick of apologizing for Israel when it is Israel that really deserves an apology.


I am sick of apologizing for Israel’s right to defend itself. I am sick of the word “ceasefire” when all that really means is “time for Hamas to build more rockets” while we stand by helplessly. I am sick of the UN calling this an Israeli-Palestinian War when all along it’s clearly been a prolonged terrorist attack that the IDF is courageously trying to stop. I’m sick of people criticizing Israel for killing innocent people when they have done more than any country to warn Gazans and have even brought the gunmen into their own hospitals. I’m sick of apologizing for being a Jew. For being part of a nation whose kindness and compassion shine through even on the battlefield.

Somehow the world is turning everything around. Turning the terrorists into victims. Turning the attacked into the aggressor. This is the anti-Semitism of today. A hatred and disgust with Israel no matter what we do. And now the FAA has put a ban on US flights to Israel, isolating us from each other as the rockets continue to fall.

Now I ask you. Who should be apologizing? The millions of Jews running for cover as rockets attempting to smash into their school yards and tear apart their homes come raining down? The parents of all the soldiers who have tragically died in this frustrating, dangerous ground war in Gaza, where every move is calculated and re-calculated to prevent the loss of life?

Should the soldiers apologize for risking their lives to fight terrorism while the rest of us shake our heads over the news? I am sick of apologizing for Israel when it is Israel that really deserves an apology.

Israel deserves an apology from the media for falsely portraying them as aggressors. From the anti-Israel demonstrators who would have never protested the fight against terrorists when it was their own country being attacked on 9/11. From the UN for blaming Israel for a war they didn’t begin. From the Jews who have turned their backs on their own people when they are needed most. From the terrorists themselves, for the constant panic and fear, for the horrific loss of life, for destroying our homes, for diverting our planes, for turning our lives upside down, and for putting innocent Arab lives in mortal danger. Israel deserves an apology.

And I also want to apologize to Israel and her courageous people. I am sorry for not defending you loudly enough. For not doing more to speak up against the staged newspaper photographs and the false criticisms. I am sorry for the hours in which I forget about the pain and the suffering that you are going through. I am sorry, dear parents of all the fallen soldiers. I am sorry for your aching grief and loss, sorry that you had to sacrifice your sons in this war for Jewish survival. Because they were not just fighting for Israel, they were fighting for all of us.

I apologize to all of you, who live in the only place in the world where every Jew is welcomed home, that you are not recognized on a daily basis for holding up the fort for all of us, for teaching your children to remain calm under fire, for sending your sons to guard our borders, for holding onto your faith when everyone around you is intent on taking it away.

And I also want to say thank you. Thank you to the Israeli government for not backing down in this battle for our survival. Thank you to the soldiers for giving up everything you have, including life itself, to keep us safe. Thank you to the people who live in Israel for continuing to build families and homes in our Land with rockets falling all around you.

Thank you, Israel, for being a shining light among the nations of the world. For being brave enough to stand up and fight against terrorism, even when the world prefers to close its eyes and shake its head. No more apologies.

We stand by you, Israel. We pray for you. We are proud of you. You are not alone.

July 22, 2014

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Visitor Comments: 77

(61) Rachel, July 31, 2014 3:33 PM

Well said

As the Rebbe of blessed memory said "Words from the heart...touch the heart". Your words touched my heart and my soul heard the truth.
Thank you for a beautifully written article.
May Hashem bless and keep us.
To quote the Torah:
Book of Genesis, Chapter 12, Verse 1-3

"And I will bless those that bless you and curse the one who curses you. And in you shall all families of the earth be blessed."

mark, August 14, 2015 4:31 AM

I stand with Israel

I am sick and tired of the Anti Semetic media twisting the truth about Israel the only democracy in the Middle East, God's chosen people were promised the land by God Almighty and he doesn't change his mind Numbers 23:19. So Israel is sovereign nation that has the right to protect itself against evil people. God bless Israel always and forever

(60) Marisela, July 29, 2014 3:24 AM

I agree

Israel should not apologize. They gave Gaza for the sake of peace and a land that was flourishing and look at it now. They use the land to build tunnels to come over and destroy G-d’s people. I’m angry when I see them showing on the media pictures of the Palestinians children but what about the Jews when the missiles are flown over and families torn apart. It’s time Israel stand and fight. I am with you in prayer stay strong and be encourage for your G-d fights for you.

(59) Chuck Naturale, July 28, 2014 4:03 AM

I am sorry

To many stand behind Israel without letting our voices being heard we are with you but fail in letting the world know we are with you. For this I am sorry and I for one will let my voice be heard in your right to defend yourself against unreasonable attack. G-d Bless you and your Country stay strong and continue to fight the good fight. Just one of your quite for to long Christian Brothers

(58) Hayley, July 28, 2014 3:12 AM

Giving thanks

This is so beautiful. My feelings exactly. Let's not apologise for our survival. And let's always remember to thank those who live in Israel, for keeping it alive for us. Let us never take them for granted.

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