There are some Jews who do not like to accept the generous hands our Christian friends give Israel. These Jews suspect that Christian support is tied to some messianic expectation. Who cares? It is like a drowning man asking the religious affiliation of a potential rescuer before accepting his hand.
There are millions of Christians in the US who stand with Israel. These generous Christians who love and support Israel are the main reason why the US supports Israel, not the political acumen of some Jewish organizations. There are tens of million more Christians world wide who support Israel. They deserve our thanks, our embrace, not suspicion.
Noam Bedin say it well- below:
When the Messiah comes, we could argue
In a world that turned its back to Israel and push us to the wall, we do not have the privilege or time to discuss some theological nuances of our Christian friends. They are almost our only friends who stand with us even in the most difficult times and clearly understand the importance of spreading the truth about Israel across the world.
Noam Bedin, Sderot media Center.
Another well reasoned and expressed position.
It has long been my position that the time is at hand when, in order to defend itself, Israel may no longer be more concerned about the safety of arab civilians than it does the saftey of the IDF and Israel's civilian population.
I plan to begin to circulate our letter to selected people in my address book
Again you have done an excellent job of disclosing the facts. I thank God for persons like you who will stand up and resist the "lamestream" media.
One of the results of being outspoken is finding out, in many cases, where the support lies. I have found that many who I consider friends, are apathetic to the truth and would rather follow the easy routes. To see that you also have this reaction, and will still express yourself is very warming to this cold heart.
Thank you again.
Sadly Americans know more about their evening TV programs and celebrities than they know about what's really going on in the world. Worse, they don't seem to want to know. Those Jews who are attacking Israel should at least subscribe to Daily Alert to get a different view of what's going on in the middle east. I also monitor Military.com for another view. What's sad is that our own media is really letting us down. For example, they seem to still portray Turkey as our friend. Few mention how Turkey has been shifting from a secular regime to a Jihadist/Islamist regime. Turkey, China, Russia and even Brazil are now lining up with Iran. But, there's nary a mention in the press. And, our politicians seem to have their head in the sand. It's not just Israel that's in trouble here. I seems to me that we are heading down a treacherous road; and, nobody seems to care.
Yes, you are correct-from one who lives here in Israel-
This is a quote from the NY Times about the ability of Iran to circumvent some of the embargo:
"We are dealing with people who are as smart as we are, and of course they can read our list."
- STUART A. LEVEY, the under secretary of the Treasury who oversees the
sanctions effort and the blacklist of Iran and its fleet.
Excuse me; they are way smarter than the USA and Europeans. It is part of their culture to outsmart their opponent all the time. Nothing is wrong with that. That is natural and long practiced globally. The problem is that we are so surprised by it.
Why should they behave in any other way? You have to expect this with any opponent all the time, and with Iran that have been outsmarting us for years.
To be a leader in Iran, or most other Muslim countries, you go through a very difficult, tumultuous life on your way to the top. You outsmart and out maneuver your enemies with all the means in your command, and you eliminate [murder] when needed.
In the Western world, especially the US, the only thing you need is strong ego, ability to talk well and much money behind you. Very little life experience is required beyond local politics. Result- we get often "leaders" with little savvy beyond their narrow range of experience.
It was extremely obvious that Iran's endless maneuvering over the last decade was to proceed as fast as possible towards nuclear bombs while playing with the naivety of the Western world and especially the US. The present administration has been so adolescent, waiting to "negotiate" with the Iranian leadership to find what they really want. They want to control the Middle East, as a starting point to a wider global influence. That is what they have been saying and doing
But the Obama administration said from the beginning, we can deal with them, we will talk to them, may be we can find mutual grounds. How infantile.
How can national "leaders" not realize that they are our enemies? As I said: they have declared it for decades and actually did all they could, short of open war, to cause the US trouble.
It is dangerous for the US to have this kind of inexperienced and naïve leadership.
The only thing that would show that this administration has finally learned how to deal realistically with global problems is for the US to distinguish clearly between friend and foe.
We must bomb Iranian nuclear installations to gain world respect and influence.
And the sooner the better.
That would be the only way that the enemies of the US and Western civilization realize that we mean business and are determined to push for a free and safe world.
This piece on anti-sematism is done well and in a light vain.
For the last few days I had a lot of lengthy email discussions with several Jewish American friends about the Gaza flotilla incident The attacks on Israel by a few of them were incessant and troubling. They brought up so many false accusations against Israel of decades ago it was illuminating. I corrected their mistaken with calm factual information, but they ignored that. They just wanted to find faults with so many things in Israel, it was no use to answer them any longer.
I want to talk here about one item because several people wrote me that Israelis are too paranoid about their nation's security, otherwise, they said, the "attack" on the "Aid convoy" would not have been carried out and every one would have been happy….
People who say Israelis are paranoid about their security have little knowledge of Israel's military reality, did not visit Israeli borders, and had no similar experience to what Israelis have been sadly experienced for decades.
Here are some of the facts:
Many people are still thinking in WWII terms, not on the Israeli-scale, or in Middle East terms."Israel is powerful, it could easily protect itself." I wish it was the case. It is so much more complex.
Even without any nuclear attack by Iran, Israel could be devastated by the thousands of rockets and missiles that Hezbollah and Hamas can spread all over Israel. This would stop for all practical extent, life in Israel.
There is no way to stop the majority of these missile attacks without tremendous Arab civilian casualties since they will be from within population centers.
Four years after the 06 Lebanon war Hizbullah has learned a lot and has fortified its positions with considerably more sophisticated. Longer range missiles, tens of thousands of them. Iran supply them via Syria on a continues basis. Add to it that these missiles may carry chemical poisons, or even nuclear radiation material and the danger grow exponentially. Both these lethal ingredients are available on the international illegal markets for the right price. How could Israel protect itself, how could it respond effectively?
More effective Israeli counter measures will simply kill more Arab civilians, by the thousands. There are no magic solutions that will kill terrorists and not civilians around them. I have seen many videos how the terrorists cover themselves with human shields, some times by forcing kids to stay around them while they shoot the rockets. The terrorists run away immediately afterwards, the kids remain, they have no other place to go.
People say, Israel is so strong, there is no danger to its existence. Israel is strong militarily just against a known nationally based armies- like Egypt and Syria, but can not do much to protect itself from non conventional wars - from large, well organized terrorist armies, Hizbullah and Hamas. Especially because the rest of the "neutral" world aid them by doing nothing to prevent the escalation, as the UN ceasefire agreement in Lebanon dictated.. And these terrorists are not worried about their own civil population, and they certainly are eager to kill Israeli civilians.
Again, the Palestinian clearly stated goal is to destroy Israel, not live in peace with Israel.
In case Israel response to mass attacks the deeply anti- Israeli world, based on deep rooted anti-Semitic feelings, will wreck Israel by boycotts, in the UN, in trade and any other possible means. As far as most of the world's media is concerned it does not matter who started it and what are the facts, Israel is always the aggressor.
Watch carefully Arab propaganda, they are masters of lies and deceptions. It is a deep part of their culture. Listen to their own speeches, [available in English at MEMRI.com] read the views of expert historians.
The Israelis are not able to lie nor exaggerate for the sake of national security. They stupidly, want to be pure too much. It is time for Israel to accept that perception is often more important than facts for most people, including international leaders. Israel can not endure long without some global acceptance. And Israel's enemies are working to delegitimize Israel 24/7.
The global community react to protect the "innocent" civilians that allowed and support the terrorists.
Why humanitarians do not scream about the hundreds of Muslim civilians killed by US in Pakistan and Afghanistan? No one is screaming against the strong US.
Why the Media and peace loving people are so fixated on Israel? Are other innocent civilians less deserving protection? What about the hundreds people who die weekly from military actions all over the globe? Tens of thousands murdered in Russia, Chechnya alone. Why does Israel is always on the front page? Just a coincident?
To understand the security situation you must grasp the small distances involved. The distances between the West bank border and Israeli communities are so short you can almost shoot a rifle from the Palestinian border into Tel Aviv. I stood often on the balcony of my relatives in Kefar Saba and looked into the lights of the next door Palestinian community of Kalkilia. Only fear of Israeli raid keep them from shooting me.
Most Israeli served in the military, they know the military reality. I talked with several Israeli soldiers and officers over the last few years. They are trained to minimize Arab civilian casualties, but some times it is impossible. They often risked their own and friends lives not to kill Arab civilians. These are their orders, training, and personal feelings too.
Non Jews often see the situation much clearer than American Jews. Our past member of Congress told us that Israelis took him to several locations across Israel to grasp the distances. He saw from one place the lights of Amman, Jordan capital, Damascus too, and Jerusalem, plus many Israeli communities.. He was so surprised to see how close were the West Bank borders to many Israeli communities. Maps did not show that, he said.
And he said without any hesitation-"when someone comes to kill me and my family, I will kill him first." He repeated it several times for emphasis since the American Jews listening were so hesitant about what Israel can do to protect itself. I saw Obama saying the same thing on video recently.
A lot of Israelis are justifiably unsettled, worried about their families, their sons and daughters in the military and the survival of their state. And just add the danger of destruction by Iran's nuclear weapons, and you may get a little, very little, grasp of the situation.
As bright as you may be, as educated you may be, even if you served in the US military accept that this is not Kansas any more. Your own life experience is not capable of grasping the Israeli situation.
Do not judge another person until you walked in his own moccasins.
Israelis are under extreme danger for their own lives, and for Israel's actual existence.
As a minimum, see this video on Israel security.