April 26, 2015

Three days in Israel

Laura Rosen CohenRebel Blogger

I’m delighted to be a part of the Rebel Media blogging team and writing up this inaugural post from my perch in Toronto. I’m focusing this post on Israel, because Israel (and particularly the Iranian threat) has been in the news a lot lately, and also because Israel and the Jewish people have just marked three very important but non-religious holidays.

The first was Holocaust memorial day, which, like all Jewish holidays is observed from sundown to sundown. Both Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Rivlin discussed the legacy of the Holocaust, remembrance, the importance of having a Jewish state and linked to existential threat to Israel posed by the genocidal Iranian regime.

Last week, Israeli Memorial Day and Independence Day were respectively observed and celebrated. National mourning begins one evening, envelopes the country and then seamlessly blends into the sundown marking the festivities surrounding Independence Day. All television and radio broadcasts on all three days reflect the theme of the day. These days are observed tastefully, and are always poignant, gripping, exhausting and exhilarating as the transition to Independence Day begins. It’s all very wise, very respectful and frankly, very Jewish.

I read some interesting comments made on the eve of Israeli Independence Day made by Prime Minister Netanyahu, a man I respect and admire very much. He called for the Palestinians to stop glorifying terror, because that won’t bring peace.

I have to wonder if this is a lip service declaration for “the world”, or G-d forbid, an astonishingly naive proposition. Why? Because the goal simply is not peace. It never has been, and as an official Middle East Pessimist, I don’t believe it ever will be.

The conflict is religious in nature, and thus has no civil or diplomatically negotiable solution. The very existence of Israel is a thorn in the side of the Islamic world from a theological perspective and that is why such vast efforts at annihilation continue to be made on both a macro (Iran) and micro (“lone wolf”) levels of terrorism against Jews worldwide within and outside of Israel.

Despite what I believe will be ever-existing efforts to continue to create bereaved Jewish families until time immemorial with great glee and enthusiasm, there is still reason to remain optimistic. Israel and the Jewish people are thriving. Jerusalem is a vast, incredible metropolis with extensive infrastructure improvements being made all the time. On a day to day basis, a majority of Israelis live regular lives and go about their day to day business for the most part uninvolved with national, existential military issues-as it should be. Israelis live, go out, celebrate life, have lots of babies and enjoy life. The Jews have a unique reverence for life, and for children that is unsurpassed by any other culture.

Israel and the Jews aren’t going anywhere and we certainly don’t need anyone’s permission or approval for that, despite President Obama’s persistent, Jew-hating wet dream to the contrary.


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commented 2015-05-09 08:10:20 -0400
As a former Israeli I firmly believe that Israel education system is guilty of committing a grave act of omission by not teaching the Koran and the Hadith to Jewish Israeli youth. The education system concentrating on teaching the persecution of Jews in Europe while in avertedly glorifying the golden period of Jews in Spain during the Moslem rule. Maybe in comparison to the persecution of Jews in Christian Europe the situation in Spain was golden but lets make no mistake about it Jews where Dhimis and subject to periods of persecution in Moslem Spain at the whim of the Moslem rulers. Also the vicious Jew hatred of Mohamed as stated in the Koran and in the Hadith is hidden from the Israeli public and in particular from the Israeli Jewish youth. Also Mohamed genocidal cleansing of Jews from the Arabian peninsula is hidden from the Jewish Israelis and that explains the misguided support of Palestinian terrorists by ignorant Jewish Israelis.
commented 2015-05-06 09:24:55 -0400
The west is deluded and so misinformed through progressive media and political correctness etc we are wide open for the tyranny and oppression of unelected special interest groups/foundations. We don’t stand a chance. We are heading to 3rd word conditions with eyes wide shut. Israel is familiar with what happens if you ignore the tyranny to long. This for the reminder!
commented 2015-04-28 03:38:17 -0400
Obama is just the equivalent of a PR cardboard captain (a good social director) of a massive cruise ship. The real executives in charge of this voyage are rarely glimpsed by the paying passengers and even fewer among them, rent seekers excepted, would care to know what useful talents, if any, the assigned functionaries bring to their tasks.
commented 2015-04-27 22:18:47 -0400
Obama talks about acts committed by Christians in the middle ages and nothing about horrendous acts committed today by fanatical Muslims. For those that left to join the ‘Caliphate’ he may be constructing a “Jobs for Returning Jihadis” initiative as we speak. Among many factoids, the ring Obama wears says, “There is no God but Allah” and should tell everyone where his sympathy is.

Progressive liberal values can’t live in Iran and radical Islamists are just Hitler’s in head scarves. But those liberal Jews in America, who blame Israel for the world’s troubles, amazingly, are de facto supporting the Islamo-nazis and vote Democrat. Now on behalf of one of the Caliphates, Iran, Obama attempts to facilitate the use of faster uranium enrichment centrifuges, which of course, can be used for a nuclear holocaust affecting the entire world. With such a vacuum in Presidential leadership and the intransigence and inability of left-wing ideologues to think rationally, at this critical point in history, Netanyahu has become the official leader of the free world.
commented 2015-04-27 20:23:37 -0400
refreshing to read how positive lives are living surrounded by thorns
commented 2015-04-27 16:18:07 -0400
Hmmmm, indeed.

You go, Israel! Live life to the fullest. You are a great leader in the world.