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Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Why Israel Matters

Today I want to share an essay written by Barbara Ann Zweifler. Barbara is a Jewish woman who lives in New York. She shared this with me, and I wanted to share it with you. I asked her permission and she graciously allowed me to post it. She wrote this as a tribute to Israel's Independence Day and is dated April 22, 2004.

Why Israel Matters

by Barbara Ann Zweifler

Israel is the only nation on earth where the legitimate land spoils of defensive wars are referred to as occupied territory. No one calls Texas occupied territory. We immigrant Americans have less authentic claim to our great land than Israel does. Manifest Destiny pales in comparison to forty centuries and the word of God. Still, I stand ready to defend America against terrorist invaders with a rock and my last breath, if need be. In America, I can sit contented at my computer, confident that this land is mine, and that the world in it’s entirety dares not dispute that without risking grave consequences.

Not so for Israel. Since moments after it’s birth in 1948, the State of Israel has been repeatedly attacked without provocation. Her enemies were and are today intent on destroying her completely, to the last man, woman and child. The Arab’s open declaration of war, which was first uttered against the State of Israel in 1948 and robustly proclaimed to this day is - “We will drive the Jews into the sea…” This is the ultimate grudge match. The Arab rancor against the Jewish people spans the millennia from this day to the Exodus.

Israel defended, countered, and conquered, on every occasion. The God of Abraham delivered them again and again from the hands of the proverbial Egyptians, when in reality, any military expert could have told you that it was virtually impossible for Israel to survive.

And yet their tiny land, the size of New Jersey, is referred to in the year 2004 as occupied territory. The Israelis are portrayed as either militaristic or religious maniacs, and the Palestinian aggressors are marketed as victims of Israeli ppression. College students across America mobilize, proselytize and opine mightily for the Palestinian “cause”, which is sold to them by expert propagandists bent on America’s destruction. Anti-Semitism is rampant in our halls of higher learning, and Muslim groups on campus regularly disrupt, harass, and attempt to intimidate Pro-Israeli and Pro-American speakers, educators and students.

Israel’s plight has more to do with the war you and I are facing in America than you may realize. From the Jihadis point of view, there is absolutely no distinction. We are the Great Satan, Israel is the Little Satan, and Bush is a Zionist Stooge. If the Islamists can only succeed to drive the Jews into the sea, the rest of you will surrender like Frenchmen - because you are nothing without the direction, money, intellect and influence of the Zionist Infidels. Kill the Jews is the doctrine. From our enemies perspective, Israel is the head of the snake, and America is a Jewish country.

There is an explanation for all of this, but you aren’t going to like it. It is dangerous to awaken a sleepwalker they say – and the West is fast asleep, clutching their assumptions and premises, dreaming it will all go away. Complacency is our most insidious enemy. The best trick the devil ever pulled was convincing you that he doesn’t exist, and the hardest thing for a person to face is their own shattered premises. And it is here that the explanation must begin.

Tomorrow I will post the second half of Barbara's essay. It is well worth our time, thoughts, and attention. Thank you Barbara for sharing this with us.


  • Take solace in the historical facts and spiritual faith that the God of Abraham has never nor will ever let his chosen people be driven into the sea. We may become complacent, but the new covenant in Hebrews 8:8-13 makes possible the new Jerusalem described in chapter 21,the book of Revelation.

    P.S. Thanks for the article Sherri. I was struggling for a bible study topic this morning. Stayed up too late working on my blog.

    By Blogger Phillip48, at 11:05 AM  

  • - The assignation by British mandate at the close of WWI established the basic regions now known as "Iraq", given independence in '32, and ruled by the Jordanian Royal family from 1945 when it joined the UN until, through a series of coups and leadership murders, Hussien came to power in 1979. The area is actually made up of a multiplicity of Bedouin tribes as much as it could be called a "country", a theme which is repeated in many middle eastern regions, in particular Palestine, but seldom eluded too when the sovereignty of Israel is challenged. Legitimacy is often times in the eye of the beholder, and more a question of political expediency than having anything to do with reality....

    - The peoples of the entire middle east region tend to fall into to schools of thought. Those that embrace the hard work and dedication, building, educating, and generally advancing the state of their existence and human rights, and those that build nothing and cling to ancient fundamentalist dogma, subverting individual rights, and controlling the people through poor education, totalitarian regimes, and maintaining power through the barrel of a gun....

    - Determining which category countries fall into, or which preach hate and intolerance and cannot live peaceably with their neighbors, or even with the differing sects within their own borders, is not rocket science. The hope for the future lies in the historical fact that tolerance, humanitarian values, and dedication to building will prevail because destruction, hate, and religeous intolerance eventually destroys itself and the people who practice it....

    By Blogger - Hunter, at 12:09 PM  

  • Look forward to tomorrow. glad Barbara shared this, and thanks Sherri for posting it.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:28 PM  

  • Sherri, I hit the tip jar for ya. I have enjoyed your blog- learned a lot. Politics makes more sense. I didn't like Kerry, but was a little disappointed in some things with Bush. My husband showed me your blog, and it helped me a LOT. I voted for Bush, AND FELT GOOD ABOUT IT!
    PS- We live in OHIO!
    Thanks Sherri.
    Does Barbara have a column in a paper? If so, which one? I haven't heard of her before. Neither has my husband.

    Beth in OH

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:43 PM  

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