"Never Again". . . Again?
"Sitting in a coffee house in Paris, Moscow and New York, costs a few dollars. Sitting in a coffee house in Jerusalem could cost many lives." And blah, blah, blah...
It sounds like pleading, to me. How dare our leaders (Israel's; which equals "The Jews'") whine and plead to the world 'please understand what we are going through? I am appalled. What happened to dignity? What happened to maturity and responsibility? To standing up for oneself? What ever happened to 'Never Again?'
If Talkback comments are any indication, the majority of the commenters on Arutz Sheva (Israel National News) are as fed-up as I am. Some excerpts, pro and con Mr. Gillerman's speech:
"His speech is falling on deaf ears. The people he is speaking to do not care about Israelis. He won't ever get their sympathy no matter what he says to them. The only thing that Israel can do is demand respect by doing what it needs to do to protect its citizens and telling the world to get off its back; that America and the European countries wouldn't live like that and should not expect Israel to live like that. Just stop being a mat is all you have to do Israel. Demand respect!
". . .The only thing that Israel can do is demand respect by doing what it needs to do to protect its citizens and telling the world to get off its back; that America and the European countries wouldn't live like that and should not expect Israel to live like that.
"Don't ask permission from the world to defend your rights. That's called playing the fool. Instead do what's right and explain later. The world will never give permission and will respect you less for asking. Strengthen unity and faith and take the necessary actions and God will be with us and the world will be silent.
"Bravo to Mr. Gillerman! And as Logicon said: DEMAND RESPECT, ISRAEL!
"Gillerman is right on the money. Not many are willing to admit that the problem is Islam itself - most pundits and political leaders in the West break their backs trying to provide excuses, citing all kinds of socio-cultural and economic pressures that lead to Islamic acts of barbarism. Of course, as other commenters have noted this will fall on deaf ears, however it is still encouraging and refreshing to hear. . .
"A majority of the terrorists are Muslims", Ambassador Gillerman says.
A "majority" is one over half. Why does he -- even at this point, his leaving -- minimize the issue?
ALL terrorists are Muslims.
"Destructive, Self-Hating Israelis!
Oy Vey! Nebuch! "
Enough of this obsequiousness. It makes me shudder in loathing. Where is Israel's self-esteem as a nation? And consequently, our own self-esteem as Jews, whether or not we are living in Israel? Because Israel's political and military decisions affect us all, no matter where we live.
And thank G-d for responsible, armed Israeli civilians who had the courage--in the last two attacks on the unarmed students at Mercaz HaRav last March, the first bulldozer attack on Jaffa Street in Jerusalem two weeks ago and in this copycat attack-- to take action. It is people such as these who will save the country. Read about exactly who they are and how they are connected, at Jameel's Muqata. There are no coincidences.
Maybe all Israeli citizens should learn to shoot (if they don't already know from serving in the IDF that is), apply for personal weapon licenses and arm themselves. It seems they are the ones who have the courage to act, and save lives.
Enough of the tears and pleading and whining and wringing of the hands. It is time to allow ourselves to feel justified rage, and not be afraid to act on it in self-defense and as a deterrent for the future.