Why are we treated to the continuing animus against Israel? Why do those of the liberal bent find it so easy to take a position that champions an enemy of Israel that is sworn to eradicate them? Looking back, we can examine just what has happened to the Jewish people.
First the land of Israel is where they began and far before the birth of Christ. Throughout the ages, the Jewish people were dominated and enslaved by several world powers at the time.
At one point, the Jewish people were enslaved by the Egyptians and forced into Egypt. Most of us know of the great escape by “the parting of the waters.” After the Nation of Israel was forcibly exiled from its homeland, they were dispersed throughout Europe. The people never lost sight of their goal to return to their true homeland. They never gave up hope and continued to great each other with the affirmation, “next year Israel.”
Most of us know what transpired during World War II. The Nazis used the Jewish people as a “straw dog” in order to stir up their people and to incite them in the direction of war: with some people to this day, retaining an anti-Semitic view of the Jewish people. During and after World War II, some countries in Europe and the United States treated the Jewish people in a shameful way. They refused to grant many Jewish people entry into their countries while they were fleeing the Nazis.
Finally, in May 1948, the British mandate over Eretz-Israel ended, thus ending the homelessness of the Jewish people by establishing the Jewish State of Israel. In a suggested Declaration of Independence, by a Zionist group, it would be determined that their State of Israel would be open for Jewish immigration to all exiles. Furthermore, it will guarantee “freedom of religion and safeguard holy places of all religions.”
In the ensuing years, the Israelis have had to defend their homeland from many attempts by their neighbors to “wipe them from the face of the earth.” All of these attempts were/are being driven by the hate of their neighbors and in the name of their own god.
Now we have a situation in Israel where Hamas in Gaza is creating havoc. The most recent situation began with the kidnap/murder of three Jewish teenagers followed the retribution killing of a Palestinian teenage and the battle was on.
The situation in Gaza, in my estimation, is like a patient with cancer. This cancer is attempting to attack its host by the use of rockets, underground tunnels, suicide bombers and outright attacks of civilian areas. As with any cancer, again in my estimation, it will kill its host if not eradicated. The Israelis are waging and all-out attack on the cancer.
Would the people who side with Hamas be happier if more of the rockets fired at the cities of Israel were more successful in killing Israeli children? We have seen, year after year, the result of Hamas bombing buses, restaurants and even Israeli funerals. What more would these critics of the Israelis want?
As usual I say, don’t believe what I say. You have the greatest amount of literature in libraries, the Internet and experts in specific history to rely upon. Ask yourself, too, how do my local elected officials stand on the issues you see unfolding before your very eyes? Do they back our only ally in that region?
Don’t let this problem go the way of the city of Mosel in Iraq, where the Christians are given three choices by the Islamic radicals:
Now, some of the oldest Christian churches are being destroyed, what next?
Rod Keck is a resident of Fairfield. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.