Tuesday, October 31, 2006

This article is a bit lengthy but well worth the read!

What It Means to Be a Jew
-by an Israeli woman

I am not the least afraid to go any place, By bus or to a mall.

I didn’t change or stop doing anything I used to do before this mess began!

People tend to forget that twice the casualties from terror get killed on the roads!
More people still die from heart attack, cancer, and other things; They just don’t show them on TV.

Don’t misunderstand me, there is a war going on; It’s not pleasant, but, lets face it:


It’s only TV and the media that make people think that the end of the world is coming.

Only 60 years ago, they were leading Jews to their death like sheep to the slaughter!

No Country, No Army.

55 years ago!!
Seven Arab countries declared war on the small Jewish State, only a few hours old!!

We were then 650,000 Jews! Against the rest of the Arab world!
No IDF [Israel Defense Force]. No mighty Air Force; just tough people with nowhere to go.

Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Egypt, Libya, Saudi Arabia, attacked all at once.
The country the U.N. “gave us” was 65% desert.
The country started from scratch!

35 years ago!!
We fought the three strongest armies in the Middle East, and wiped them out in six days.

We fought against different coalitions of Arab countries, with modern armies, and masses of Soviet Russian weapons, and we still won!

We have today a country, an army, a strong Air Force, a Hi-Tech Economy, exporting millions. Intel — Microsoft — IBM develop their stuff here.

Our doctors win world prizes for medical developments.
We made the desert flourish, selling oranges and vegetables to the world.

Israel has sent its own satellite into Space!! Three satellites all together!!.

We sit proudly with the only countries in the world to shoot something into space!!

Israel is today in the world nuclear power family.

To think that only 60 years ago we were led shameful, with no hope, to our death!!

We crawled out of the burning ashes of Europe; We won our wars here with less than nothing in our hands. We built an “empire” out of nothing.

Who the hell was Mr. Arafat to make me Scared? To make me be Terrified? You make me laugh!

Passover was celebrated;
Let’s not forget what the story is all about.
We overcame Pharaoh,
We overcame the Egyptian Empire,
We overcame the Chaldean Empire,
We overcame the Babylonian Empire,
We overcame the Greek Empire,
We overcame the Roman Empire,
We overcame the Byzantine Empire,
We overcame the Spanish Empire,
We overcame the Ottoman Turkish Empire,
We overcame the British Empire,
We overcame the Austro-Hungarian Empire,
We overcame the German Empire,
We overcame the French Empire,
We overcame the Russia Empire,
We overcame the Soviet Empire,
We overcame Hitler,
We overcame the Germans,
We overcame the Holocaust,
We overcame the armies of the seven Arab countries,
We overcame Saddam.

Take it easy, folks; we will overcome the present enemies too.

No matter which part of human history you try! Think of it, for us, the Jewish people, our situation has never been better!!!

So, Let’s Lift our Heads High; Let’s Remember:

Any nation or culture that tried to mess around with us was destroyed — while we kept going!

Egypt? Anyone know where their empire disappeared to?

The Greeks? Alexander of Macedonia? The Romans? Does anyone today speak Latin?

The Third Reich? Anyone heard any news about it lately?

And look at us: the Nation from the Bible, from Slavery in Egypt.
We are still here, speaking the same language! Right here, right now.

The Arabs don’t know it yet, but they will learn that there is one God.

As long as we keep our identity, we are eternal.
So, sorry for not worrying… Not complaining… Not crying… Not being scared.
Things are O.K. here. They surely can be better, but still:

Don’t fall for the media junk; they won’t tell you that there are festivals going on, that people keep on living, that people are going out, that people are seeing friends.

Yes, our morale is low, so what? It’s only because we weep for our dead while they enjoy the blood. This is the same reason why we will win, after all.

Spread this to the whole Jewish community, and to people throughout the world.

They are part of our strength. It might help some of them to keep their heads up high.
Tell them that there is nothing to worry about. Tell them to think BIG, and to see the whole picture.

“See You Next Year in Jerusalem.”


At 10:18 AM, Blogger Watch(wo)man said...

I am a follower of Jesus, not Judaism. I am pro-American, pro-Israel, Zionist. I did not write this article. I came across it and felt that it aptly captured the spirit of the Jewish/Israeli people. Theirs is a spirit of power and victory, not of fear. I also felt that all the facts described are improbabilities that would not have occurred if it were not for the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the Mighty One of Israel on their side. The facts in this article are miracles that prove the Jewish Tenach [Christian Old Testament], not the Koran.

First, God promised the land of Israel to the Jewish people 4000 years ago.
-Genesis 12:1-3 "Now the LORD had said unto Abram... I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee..."
-Genesis 12:6-7 "And Abram passed through the land unto the place of Sichem [Shechem, in the Palestinian West Bank], unto the plain of Moreh. And the Canaanite was then in the land. And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed [Isaac, Jacob, the Jewish people] will I give this land..."

Second, it was prophecied around 1500 B.C.E. that the Arab nations would attack Israel as a united front.
-Psalm 83:3-8 "They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones. They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance. For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee: The tabernacles of Edom, and the Ishmaelites [southern Jordan, Saudi Arabia]; of Moab [central Jordan], and the Hagarenes [Syria, Arabia]; Gebal [S Jordan], and Ammon [central Jordan], and Amalek[Sinai Desert]; the Philistines[Gaza Strip] with the inhabitants of Tyre[S Lebanon]; Assur[Syria/Iraq] also is joined with them: they have holpen the children of Lot."

You comment that 60 years ago it was not the Muslims who were killing the Jewish people and the Europeans only gave Israel land because they did not want the Jewish people to live with them. Nothing in the article claimed otherwise.

Israel did not steal your land. They were given back land they previously owned, that was given to them by God. When pressured, they give up their land. Yes, they retook some of it in their wars, but even that they gave back. They have nothing left to give back! Yes, Palestinians deserve a place to live, but so do the Israelis.

As for Gaza, those in Gaza and the West Bank shoot rockets daily at Israeli school children, deliberately targeting civilians. Israel targets terrorists, who unfortunately use civilians as human shields. Israel's self-defense cannot even be compared to Gaza's terrorism. Israel wants peace. The recent conflict with Lebanon proved that. Israel pulled out, meeting the demands 100%. Lebanon responded by kidnapping soldiers and sending more rockets.

You say "Just study the whole problem and try to be fair." I have studied the problem and this is my attempt at fairness. I watch plenty of the news and see only anti-Israeli perspective, so in the interests of fairness I attempt to present the Israeli side.

At 8:35 PM, Blogger LeanNot said...

Amen, watchwoman!


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