web analytics
July 23, 2014 / 25 Tammuz, 5774
Israel at War: Operation Protective Edge
 
 
At a Glance
Sections
Sponsored Post
IDC Advocacy Room IDC Fights War on Another Front

Student Union opens ‘hasbara’ room in effort to fill public diplomacy vacuum.



It’s My Opinion: Land For Peace And Other Thanksgiving Myths


            Israel could learn a lesson from the Native Americans, who gave “land for peace” and lived to regret their naivety. It is with great sadness that I am re-running the following Thanksgiving column because, unfortunately, nothing has changed. Israel continues making unilateral concessions and moratoriums, as did the Indians.  

 

America will be celebrating Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 25.  Tremendous effort has always been focused on portraying this time in a lovely, romanticized light in which pilgrims and Native Americans worked together in harmony. The reality, however, is quite grim. 

 

The Indians were the original “land for peace” advocates. They felt they needed to “give peace a chance.” They realized one has to negotiate “with their enemies, not with their friends.” They thought two nations could share one country successfully. 

 

The Native Americans gave away their land for worthless peace treaties. They did not want to be viewed as “intransigent.” Their “peace partners” wanted it all. Their “road map” was called “Manifest Destiny.”

 

The misguided attempt to be compliant ultimately led to the decline of the entire nation. The Native Americans are now a pitiful remnant. They are a tiny minority in their own land. Theirs is a downtrodden culture with a high incidence of alcoholism and other social maladies. For the most part they live in ghetto-like areas called reservations.

 

We are taught, “Who is wise? He who learns from everyone.” The Jews in Israel would be well served to take a lesson from what was once the mighty American Indian Nation.

About the Author: Shelley Benveniste is South Florida editor of The Jewish Press.


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 “It’s My Opinion: Land For Peace And Other Thanksgiving Myths”

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
Newly completed control tower at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv. June 2, 2014
US and European Flights to Israel Cancelled Due to Rockets
Latest Sections Stories
book-Family-Frayda

Written entirely through Frayda’s eyes, the reader is drawn by her unassuming personality.

book-I-Kings

Adopting an ancient exegetical approach that is based on midrashic readings of the text, thematic connections that span between various books of the Bible are revealed.

book-Unify-A-Nation

While Lipman comes from an ultra-Orthodox background and is an Orthodox rabbi, he offers a breath of fresh air when he suggests that “polarization caused by extremism and isolationism in the religious community may be the greatest internal threat to the future of the Jewish people”

Schonfeld-logo1

The Joys of Yiddish, Leo Rosten defines a mentch as “someone to admire and emulate, someone of noble character.”

Certainly today’s communication via e-mail, Facebook, Twitter and the like, including the ubiquitous Whatsapp, has reduced the need to talk with people and communicate at length.

These two special women utilized their incredibly painful experience as an opportunity to assist others.

Maybe we don’t have to lose that growth and unity that we have achieved, especially with the situation in Eretz Yisrael right now.

Sleepily, I watched him kissing Mai’s chubby thighs.

I have always insisted that everything that happens to anyone or anything is min Shamayim.

My teachers like me and they tell my parents that I am a great girl with good middos.

The chicken and waffle nuggets were fabulous and were like chicken in a dessert form.

“Have you forgotten your dreams?” The Hope Merchant asks a defeated and hopeless Lily when she “happens” upon his shop.

The universe was created by God out of nothing; it has not always existed.

He combined intellectual achievement with deep spirituality and religious devotion.

More Articles from Shelley Benveniste
South-Florida-logo

It is often quite easy to get into a situation. When the situation gets sticky, it is often really hard to get out.

South-Florida-logo

The event included a hands-on challah baking, a candlestick-making workshop, and discussions of the uniqueness of the Jewish woman.

The program is geared to frum girls who are motivated, excited, and eager to experience a year of learning and growth.

Professional cake decorator Terry Lefkowitz recently hosted an Emunah event in her Miami Beach home.

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez worked with Rabbi Pinchas Weberman and the eruv committee to broaden the eruv in South Florida.

We all have a little voice inside our heads that sends a warning.

The ceremony was capped off with an eloquent speech delivered by class valedictorian, National Merit Scholar and student body president Ethan Danial.

Rabbi Efrem Goldberg of the Boca Raton Synagogue threw out the first ball.

    Latest Poll

    Israel's Iron Dome Anti-Missile System:





    View Results

    Loading ... Loading ...

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/community/its-my-opinion-land-for-peace-and-other-thanksgiving-myths/2010/11/17/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: