Two Jews are up against a firing squad.
That pretty much sums up last week's editorial from Yediot Ahronot. Israel's leading Hebrew-language newspaper claimed that Israel's actions - like defending itself for its very survival - are making trouble
for "Jewish communities around the world
... Dennis Ross and others have come out with precisely the same approach, which is, essentially, to hold Israel hostage. All of it amounts to this: "To your tents, O Israel." In a word, retreat. Or, actually, give up, surrender. Offer Jihad Arabs and their cheerleaders the gift of Auschwitz.
So do I have to spell it out? We, of the Jewish communities around the world, are only as good as Israel when it is good. We are as safe as Israel when it is safe. We are as tough as Israel when it is tough. Israel is our muscle. If you're menaced in a dark alley, who would you want coming to your rescue?
A couple of weeks ago, the IDF stormed a Palestinian Arab hideout and sent nearly a dozen terrorist leaders to their 72 black-eyed virgins. Acts of anti-Semitism in such hot spots as France, Holland, Denmark, Sweden, went down
, not up, after that show of moral clarity.
We're talking attitude, or as they say in Philly, "adeetood," or, as Robert DeNiro would have it: "You talkin' to me? You talkin' to me?"
When we were kids, the bullies would say, "Oh yeah? You and what army?" Well, how about the Israeli Army? ... Hello, Jews of France, you don't have to take it; there's a place where your folks proudly stand...
by Jack Engelhard, Jul 08, '04 / 19 Tammuz 5764