Chillul Tefila Bifarhesia, as well as halachicly challenged verbiage and dress, are external manifestations of a critical lack of personal yiras shomayim which has lethal consequences.
When Gilad Shalit was abducted two years ago, we were told that the kidnappers were part of a clandestine terror group, some sort of popular front over which Hamas had no control. But then Hamas realized that it could drop the pretense, for even if it took full responsibility for abducting Shalit, no harm would befall it. And so, without blinking an eye, the elected government that rules as a sovereign in Gaza embarked upon direct and open negotiations for the release of the abducted Israeli soldier. Ismail Haniyeh doesn’t even pretend to be a mediator. He, the Hamas leader, sets the price that will convince him – in his current capacity – to release the Israeli soldier.
In plain English, that is a declaration of war. But Israel is paralyzed. Why?
What would have happened in the Yom Kippur War if the Syrians had stationed an artillery unit in the Syrian village of Kuneitra and shelled Tiberias from its heights? Would anybody have thought it improper to retaliate because of the civilian casualties that would inevitably result? That would be ridiculous. If a sovereign government decides to go to war, it does so in the name of the entire nation. Everybody is included. There are no “innocent civilians.” If the elected government goes so far as to use a civilian platform for its attack, the responsibility for the results of any counterattack is clearly on its shoulders.
But in Israel’s case, the logic does not hold. Hamas enjoys the best of both worlds: It has territory, a democratically elected government, and international aid and recognition – all the while bearing no responsibility for its actions. It shells the Jews from inside its sovereign territory, and the Jews restrict themselves to policing the attackers alone – as if they were a gang smuggling drugs from Mexico to Texas.
Can Israel win under these circumstances? Obviously not! That is precisely the cause of the insane situation in Israel today – unique to this country alone.
Israel cannot defeat Hamas because defeating the Arabs of Judea, Samaria and Gaza (or actually dealing with the rising nationalism of Israel’s Arabs) would leave Israel alone with its Jewish identity. Victory means a return to the Biblical Land of Israel. It means reconnecting to our Biblical role models, encouraging Arabs to emigrate from our Biblical homeland, declaring sovereignty over our homeland and massive Jewish settlement. Israel’s short history proves that anything less than that is not victory.
Actually, the only real victory that Israel ever enjoyed was that of the 1948 War of Independence. In that war, Israel actualized the four principles mentioned above: conquest, Arab emigration, sovereignty and settlement. That triumph triggered a true peace process. For a while it looked like the process would end like most wars, whereby one side defeats the other and in the end both sides shake hands.
But that did not happen. The Arabs eventually realized that the Jews did not establish an independent Jewish state, but a new Israeli state. This identity-less state desperately needed the Arabs to prove just how normal it really was: no Jewish identity, just a collection of Jews, Arabs and whomever else living together without roots or religion. The logical result is that the Arabs, who hold the key to the new Israeli identity, have an insurance policy against any Israeli aggression or retaliation. That is why Israel cannot deal with the missiles flying into its sovereign territory on a near daily basis. That is also why an “Israeli” Arab MK can direct the Katyusha missiles into Haifa and laugh all the way from his interrogation in Israel to the bank in Jordan with his hefty Israeli compensation.
What will we do? Will we continue to raise white flags all the way from Gaza to Tel Aviv? Israeli mentality can no longer integrate a solution based on the principles of the War of Independence. Tens of years of leftist brainwashing have deleted the concept called “victory” from the Israeli lexicon. Concepts like “Land of Israel” or “Jewish nation” are virtually unthinkable.
The real threat to Israel is not from the military might of Iran or the Arab states. The real threat is that they won’t even need to attack. They have already discovered Israel’s weak spot, and they can watch it crumble away without a battle.
Israel must change direction and elect leadership with a Jewish orientation, leadership that draws on its internal resources for its sense of self-worth and is not dependant on the approval of other nations. If we don’t do that soon, we will all turn out to be – in the best-case scenario – Gilad Shalit.
To learn more about Manhigut Yehudit (Jewish Leadership), and to read its plan for Israel’s future, visit http://www.jewishisrael.org/.
About the Author:
You must log in to post a comment.
Ahmadinejad may plan to reveal proof that the 2009 elections were rigged if his candidate’s registration for presidential candidacy is not accepted.
With a ‘friend’ like Erdogan, Obama’s policy toward Syria, Iran, the advance of revolutionary Islamism, and the Israel-Palestinian “peace process,” is in serious trouble.
The media loved Obama, but it discovered early on that he did not love it back.
How far the PA will go to present the lie as the truth and the truth as a lie? Its claim that Jesus was a Palestinian is old hat. But now the “resurrection” also refers to “the Palestinian state.”
The progressive consolidation imagines that organization can contain the messier side of man.
The Russian Yakhont missiles already delivered to Syria threaten Israel Navy ships carrying out vital missions in the Mediterranean.
Islamism represents the transformation of Islamic faith into a political ideology.
America could be said to be building a united front against Iran, but at what price?
The Japanese do not feel the need to apologize to Muslims for the negative way in which they relate to Islam.
Palestinian youths from Hebron, though, who met with Israelis near Bethlehem to share their problems and insights have been forced to issue a statement distancing themselves from the meeting.
Benghazi isn’t likely to keep Hillary out of the Democratic field in 2016, but after 2008, she is justifiably paranoid.
The contractors received the land at a bargain basement price, moved the prices up to 1.8 million NIS and pocketed one million NIS per apartment.
Many of my fellow college students are quick to voice their acceptance of their LGBT friends, but they turn up their noses and frown slightly when they speak of a Hasid.
The growing revelations that the Obama State Department watered down public statements on the attack in order to cleanse them of any mention of al Qaeda and terrorism is a travesty.
We must confront Islamist groups with what Prime Minister David Cameron referred to as “muscular liberalism.”
Israel’s government did not want to liberate Jerusalem. Or to be more specific, the Labor and National Religious Party ministers did not want to liberate Jerusalem. “Who needs that whole Vatican?” Defense Minister Moshe Dayan explained at the time.
The following is my response to a woman who criticized me for visiting the Temple Mount. In a letter to me, she claimed that I broke the law and irresponsibly provoked Arab anger. She suggested that my actions should conform to the will of the “majority.”
It is always easiest to blame the rest of the world and not to make an accounting of your own ideology.
Why throw years of friendly cooperation into the trashcan?
The struggle for Israeli sovereignty on the Temple Mount symbolizes humanity’s struggle in the transition from enslavement to liberty.
Do you really think that retreat from the very foundations of our lives will bring us quiet?
Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/columns/we-are-all-gilad-shalit/2008/07/09/
Scan this QR code to visit this page online:
No related posts.