a little truth-reminder
Not really; it's a metaphor for Israel, the *Islamo-Fascist Evil, and the world's lack of response).
(*credit for this term goes to Michael Savage, conservative talk-show host.)
Ok, folks - the comedy hour is over for now, although I might post some jokes here again some day. Israel is now into a so-called 'cease-fire' (- translated into Arabic it means 'time to re-arm.') after not really having 'won' anything (despite what our illustrious Mr. Malaprop-er, President said) and suffering terrible losses of outstandingly good and exceptional soldiers and civilians. These soldiers, such as Roi Klein (zichrono livracha) are The Model of what a human being should strive to be. The only good thing about this cease-fire is that our brave chayalim and chayalot can come home and have somewhat of an 'R & R' - 'rest and re-group. Because Israel will need to regroup, and continue training, and continue building its armed forces technologically and numerically. Because the war ain't over 'till it's over. No decisive victory here. And to think that it didn't have to happen this way, IF ONLY...
IF ONLY Israel had destroyed the Egyptian Third Army which it surrounded in the 1956 Sinai Campaign; IF ONLY Israel had annexed the territories (aka: 'occupied') it won in 1967 and made them officially part of greater Israel; IF ONLY Israel had listened to Rav Meir Kahane in the early 1970s (see his book, "They Must Go".) and deported the Arabs, if for no other reason than their being a 'fifth column' hostile entity within the population; IF ONLY The United States (yes!) had acted decisively and militarily after Hezbollah suicide-bombed the Marine barracks in 1983, IF ONLY Israel had not pulled out of Lebanon in 2000 with no concessions from the Arabs nor any guarantees of anything, and, sadly, IF ONLY Israel had surprised Hezbollah with a blitz on Beirut and a huge ground force and assassination team to take out Nasrallah, and IF ONLY (back to the future. I hope not...) Israel had not agreed to a wimpy cease-fire - "shoulda woulda coulda."
A little truth-reminder of the whole blasted situation in the Middle East is in order, world - don'tcha think? -
(courtesy of Tammy Bruce by way of No Shades of Gray):
The Facts About Israel
ISRAEL AND JERUSALEM FACTS:
1. ISRAEL BECAME A STATE IN 1312 B.C., TWO MILLENNIA BEFORE ISLAM;
2. ARAB REFUGEES FROM ISRAEL BEGAN CALLING THEMSELVES "PALESTINIANS" IN 1967, TWO DECADES AFTER (MODERN) ISRAELI STATEHOOD;
3. AFTER CONQUERING THE LAND IN 1272 B.C., JEWS RULED IT FOR A THOUSAND YEARS AND MAINTAINED A CONTINUOUS PRESENCE THERE FOR 3,300 YEARS;
4. THE ONLY ARAB RULE FOLLOWING CONQUEST IN 633 A.D. LASTED JUST 22 YEARS;
5. FOR OVER 3,300 YEARS, JERUSALEM WAS THE JEWISH CAPITAL. IT WAS NEVER THE CAPITAL OF ANY ARAB OR MUSLIM ENTITY. EVEN UNDER JORDANIAN RULE, (EAST) JERUSALEM WAS NOT MADE THE CAPITAL, AND NO ARAB LEADER CAME TO VISIT IT;
6. JERUSALEM IS MENTIONED OVER 700 TIMES IN THE BIBLE, BUT NOT ONCE IS IT MENTIONED IN THE QUR'AN;
7. KING DAVID FOUNDED JERUSALEM; MOHAMMED NEVER SET FOOT IN IT;
8. JEWS PRAY FACING JERUSALEM; MUSLIMS FACE MECCA. IF THEY ARE BETWEEN THE TWO CITIES, MUSLIMS PRAY FACING MECCA, WITH THEIR BACKS TO JERUSALEM;
9. IN 1948, ARAB LEADERS URGED THEIR PEOPLE TO LEAVE, PROMISING TO CLEANSE THE LAND OF JEWISH PRESENCE. 68% OF THEM FLED WITHOUT EVER SETTING EYES ON AN ISRAELI SOLDIER;
10. VIRTUALLY THE ENTIRE JEWISH POPULATION OF MUSLIM COUNTRIES HAD TO FLEE AS THE RESULT OF VIOLENCE AND POGROMS;
11. SOME 630,000 ARABS LEFT ISRAEL IN 1948, WHILE CLOSE TO A MILLION JEWS WERE FORCED TO LEAVE THE MUSLIM COUNTRIES;
12. IN SPITE OF THE VAST TERRITORIES AT THEIR DISPOSAL, ARAB REFUGESS WERE DELIBERATELY PREVENTED FROM ASSIMILATING INTO THEIR HOST COUNTRIES. OF 100 MILLION REFUGEES FOLLOWING WORLD WAR 2, THEY ARE THE ONLY GROUP TO HAVE NEVER INTEGRATED WITH THEIR CORELIGIONISTS. MOST OF THE JEWISH REFUGEES FROM EUROPE AND ARAB LANDS WERE SETTLED IN ISRAEL, A COUNTRY NO LARGER THAN NEW JERSEY;
13. THERE ARE 22 MUSLIM COUNTRIES, NOT COUNTING PALESTINE. THERE IS ONLY ONE JEWISH STATE. ARABS STARTED ALL FIVE WARS AGAINST ISRAEL, AND LOST EVERY ONE OF THEM;
14. FATAH AND HAMAS CONSTITUTIONS STILL CALL FOR THE DESTRUCTION OF ISRAEL. ISRAEL CEDED MOST OF THE WEST BANK AND ALL OF GAZA TO THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY, AND EVEN PROVIDED IT WITH ARMS;
15. DURING THE JORDANIAN OCCUPATION, JEWISH HOLY SITES WERE VANDALIZED AND WERE OFF LIMITS TO JEWS. UNDER ISRAELI RULE, ALL MUSLIM AND CHRISTIAN HOLY SITES ARE ACCESSIBLE TO ALL FAITHS;
16. OUT OF 175 UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTIONS UP TO 1990, 97 WERE AGAINST ISRAEL; OUT OF 690 GENERAL ASSEMBLY RESOLUTIONS, 429 WERE AGAINST ISRAEL;
17. THE U.N. WAS SILENT WHEN THE JORDANIANS DESTROYED 58 SYNAGOGUES IN THE OLD CITY OF JERUSALEM. IT REMAINED SILENT WHILE JORDAN SYSTEMATICALLY DESECRATED THE ANCIENT JEWISH CEMETERY ON THE MOUNT OF OLIVES, AND IT REMAINED SILENT WHEN JORDAN ENFORCED APARTHEID LAWS PREVENTING JEWS FROM ACCESSING THE TEMPLE MOUNT AND WESTERN WALL.
Just who is the victim here, and who is the perpetrator of the crimes?