At the end of the day, it is the only place earth where a Jew can be sure of being safe:
…Jewish emigration from France is accelerating. From being the largest Jewish community in the EU at the start of this decade, with a population of around 500,000, it is expected by Jewish community leaders to have fallen to 400,000 within a few years. That figure is thought by some to be too optimistic. Anecdotally, every French Jew I know has either already left or is working out how to leave.
Natan Sharansky, the former Soviet refusenik who is now chair of the Jewish Agency Chairman, said last year that 2,254 French Jews moved to Israel during the first five months of 2014, against only 580 in all of 2013. That is a staggering 289 per cent increase, but in recent months the figure is thought to have increased exponentially…
We here in the United States can take pride in the fact that we are the most Jew-friendly nation in the world – but even here, forces and voices are growing more hostile to Jews. The American left is picking up the worst aspects of anti-Semitism, hiding it behind a bogus concern for Palestinians – the reality is that the left hates Israel because it is safer to hate Israel than to hate Islamism; haters gotta hate, but always better to hate those who won’t chop off your head (at least, for now: the leftists don’t realize how much the Islamists hate them, too).
The exodus of Jews from France will probably only accelerate after the events of the past few days. This exodus from France and the rest of Europe will merely accentuate the growing anti-Semitism of Europe…as more Jews leave and more Muslims move in, it’ll become ever more politically acceptable to be anti-Semitic in Europe.
The reason I defend Israel is two-fold: First off, because it is a fellow democracy. I just can’t agree that any free people should be subjugated. Secondly, because Jews have to have a place to run to. I hope and pray that my nation is always a friend of Israel – but I can’t be sure of that. Things change; people change. Appeals to hatred and fear are often successful. Israel must exist so that the Jews may be sure of existing. Period.
The Reason I Defend Israel?
Bless Ye Ysrael and Ye be Blessed. Curse Ye Ysrael and Ye be Cursed.
I read that in a book somewhere.
“And I will bless those that bless you and curse the one who curses you. And in you shall all families of the earth be blessed.”
Book of Genesis,12:3
Sounds less like a Pirate than Tim’s version.
I hope you don’t take this comment in the wrong way. I debated over the weekend as to whether or not to comment at all. What, in your mind, are the ramifications of the total annihilation of Israel by radical Islam? Obviously it wouldn’t equate with the elimination of Judaism, but it would seem to me that it would have profound biblical implications. I’d like to think the civilized world would react in a positive way, but, given the weak-kneed reaction to the slaughter in France, I don’t have a high level of confidence. I certainly don’t have any confidence that our current President will come to Israel’s aid. And, if we woke up one morning to find that Tel Aviv had been turned into a glass parking lot, I think the majority of the people in the world wouldn’t be upset enough to even respond, and, in fact, in many parts of the world people would be cheering from the rooftops.
To be clear, I’m just posing a what if, not advocating or wishing for it.
You got a point there, Spook – certainly there are plenty even in the United States who would cheer the destruction of Israel…and plenty more who would just be willing to take in the Israelis (those that survive) as refugees and have an end to it…you know, with a candle light vigil in honor of the dead of Tel Aviv.
But the powers that would destroy Israel do have a problem – Israel’s nuclear weapons, now apparently deployed in submarines. The subs are German make and while conventionally powered, they are very good, very silent and can stay out a long time. I’ll bet that Israel rotates at least one or two of them at sea at all times, with targets pre-selected and orders pre-given to launch at certain targets if, say, Israel is destroyed in a nuclear attack. Any Islamist leader who has nukes and who wants to destroy Israel has to understand that the counter-attack by Israel’s nuclear force would be devastating…
Kinda sounds like Armageddon to me.
I think we have all at least halfway expected a nuclear war in the Middle East—-Israel as victim/defender and the insanity of Islam as the agressor and, hopefully, the defeated.