Meir Panim implements programs that serve Israel’s neediest populations with respect and dignity. Meir Panim also coordinated care packages for families in the South during the Gaza War.
The point here is not that Israel should switch allegiance to another world power but rather that it should start taking notice of changing events and looking inward. Dependency on and faithful compliance to the dictates of another country, no matter what the policies of that country might be, will not help Israel develop the internal strength it so badly needs to deal with the host of complex issues and problems it faces.
And though it may be true that at this particular moment in time Israel cannot realistically function as a 100-percent sovereign state and act purely in its own best interests, Israelis nevertheless need to start thinking in that direction.
If Israel is to fulfill its unique role in the world, its leaders as well as the public at large will have no choice but to start thinking about the country in a different light – no choice but to come to the realization that true sovereignty is what’s needed to fulfill the nation’s singular mission.
About the Author: Yoel Meltzer is a freelance writer living in Jerusalem. He can be contacted via http://yoelmeltzer.com.
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Myth #1: It is easy to be a B’nai Noach. It is extraordinarily hard to be a B’nai Noach.
The question of anti-Semitism in Europe today is truly tied to the issue of immigration.
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Leon Klinghoffer’s daughters: “‘Klinghoffer’ is justified as ‘a work of art’…This is an outrage.”
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Israeli hasbara too can be described at best as pathetic, at worst non existent.
A ‘good news’ story from the Nepal avalanche disaster to warm your heart. Take out your Kleenex.
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