web analytics
February 1, 2015 / 12 Shevat, 5775
 
At a Glance
InDepth
Sponsored Post


Home » InDepth » Columns »

Too Close To Home

         Let me begin by wishing all of my readers a very happy and healthy new year. This past year was filled with many wonderful joys and several sorrows, but we thank Hashem for another year of life.


 


         Living in Israel is an exciting, stressful, wonderful, yet depressing experience. There is nowhere else in the world, according to our Torah, that Hashem commanded us to live. As I often mention, if more Orthodox Jews would come to live here, Israel would be a better and very different country where we could outvote the irreligious and anti-religious residents.

 

         The paradox of living in a strong Jewish state where Jewish leaders fear to anger the non-Jewish world and allow a band of Muslim enemies -supported by their fellow Arabs – to terrorize us, is difficult to understand. All who spread the fictitious allegation, in both Israel and the U.S., that you cannot stop terrorism, are foolish cowards. They are, unfortunately, not willing to recognize their Muslim enemy or pay the price to stop Muslim terror. These leaders seem to forget that the price of ignoring terror is greater terror.

 

         This time the Kassams hit a little too close to home. My grandson, Amiad, was in a tent at the base where two Kassam rockets fell, injuring 69  “Atuda”  (R.O.T.C.) students doing their last day of basic training. The Israeli Army  “Atuda”  program chooses the brightest young men to attend university at army expense, and they then graduate as officers in the Israel Defense Forces. Each unit of trainee soldiers sleeps in tents surrounding an empty tent used for meals. The Erev Rosh Hashanah miracle was that the rocket fell directly on this empty tent. Sixty-nine young boys were injured in the blast, but it could have been, God forbid, much worse.

 

         The early morning phone call awakened us and, thank God, Amiad was unhurt. A young Israeli genius, Ari Dorfman, who turned down a full scholarship to a prestigious American university in order to serve in the Israeli army, was seriously wounded by shrapnel in his head. He has already undergone several operations in an attempt to save his life. Another young soldier’s life was saved by an operation to remove several pieces of shrapnel from his heart. A third soldier lost his leg, while others sustained light to moderate injuries.

 

         I just loved that day’s headline in the Israeli newspapers in which Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert proclaimed that, “We will not allow the Arab terrorists to thwart our peace plans.” I guess the prime minister was hinting to the Arab enemy, “Kill our boys, but we will still make gestures for peace by freeing hundreds of Arab terrorists from our prisons, even if our kidnapped boys are not returned to us.”

 

         I have lived in Israel for almost 35 years, and I just love living in this country. Yet I still cannot understand the mentality of fear by the current secular Israeli government leadership and their insistence on committing national suicide, no matter what the cost. Every Arab leader admits that, in the long run, he has but one goal – the annihilation of the Jews in Israel. Why can’t our leaders understand that Arab goal and stop acting so dense? It does not minimize Israel’s problem to say that the U.S. and Europe act in a similar fashion toward their own Muslim threats. Isn’t it time that Israel and the Western world wake up and seriously fight to win against this Muslim terror?

 

         May the new year bring an end to Muslim terror and bring real peace to the world!

 

         Comments may be sent to dov@gilor.com.

About the Author:


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “Too Close To Home”

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
Handout photo of texted message sent by a fearful Christopher Cramer from Saudi Arabia before his death.
Saudis Hold Body of U.S. Elbit Subcontractor After Mysterious Death in Tabuk
Latest Indepth Stories
HETi_logo2

It is offensive that in commemorating the Holocaust mentioning Israel was deemed inappropriate.

Questions-Answers-logo

Many questions, all with thee same, single answer

Eli Weiss

Shepherding in the Shomron isn’t your usual kind of shepherding – despite his business-minded beginnings, Eli has discovered that a strong ideological impetus powers the job.

Resnick-013015-Pilot

I said to myself, “This story has got to be told. We’re losing this generation of World War II and if we don’t listen to them now, we’ve lost it.”

His entire existence was about spreading simcha and glorifying G-d’s name on a daily basis.

An Israeli strike could theoretically damage Iran’s nuclear program; only US can terminate program

At some point we need to stop simply defending and promoting Israel and start living in Israel

“We Jews are the only people who when we drop a book on the floor pick it up and kiss it.”

Though Zaide was the publisher of The Jewish Press, a big newspaper,I always remember him learning

Speaker Silver has been an extraordinary public servant since his election to the Assembly in 1975 and has been an exemplary leader of that body since 1994.

He spent the first leg of his daylong visit to the French capital at Hyper Cacher.

Drawing Congress into the Iran nuclear debate is the last thing the White House wants.

Great leaders like Miriam and like Sarah Schenirer possess the capacity to challenge the status quo that confronts them.

Obama’s foreign policy is viewed by both liberals and conservatives as deeply flawed

More Articles from Dov Gilor
Gilor-Dov

We created an organization of former Bnei Akiva of North America members who have fulfilled the dream of living in Eretz Yisrael.

Untitled-1

An example of our own self-imposed weakness is the Israeli attitude towards the Holy Temple Mount.

Spies who caused American deaths and worked for enemy states received lighter sentences than Pollard.

The cleansing of Europe of its non-Muslim population will be accomplished in another two or three generations.

The Drama Mamas are not an ordinary theater troupe. “When we audition actresses,” says Elisheva, who also serves as the show’s director, “we like to explain to them that the main qualification is that you can honestly say, I have never been on a stage before, but I have always wanted to be an actress!”

It really is time for painful sacrifices for peace. No one wants his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren to suffer the pangs of war and strife. It is time to end the strife and make peace in the Middle East.

Israel is a country that understands security concerns. Many civil rights have been sacrificed in the name of security and Israelis are used to being checked every time they enter a shopping center, a large store or any public building. Americans recently learned that they, too, are subject to many checks on their most private activities.

The Israeli Parliament is usually controlled by a coalition of different political parties because no one party receives enough votes to have a majority. Unlike in the U.S., where there are two major political parties and one of the two political parties commands a majority of the seats in the Senate and/or in the House, in Israel the government is composed of many, many small political parties, each pushing its own agenda.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/columns/too-close-to-home/2007/09/19/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: