Tuesday, January 08, 2008

The Hundred Years' Matzav

Since the Summer 2006 War, I longer believe in peace now, either the organization or the possibility. I do not believe that I will live to see peace in Israel, nor am I so sure that my son, or my Israeli nieces and nephew, will live to see peace. I believe that Daniel Gordis is right: The Palestinians and their allies have hunkered down to conduct a multi-generational war. (See his January 2, 2008 article, "Back to the Mishnah.") They certainly have the money (from oil) and the peoplepower (from the "refugee" camps and elsewhere) to do so, and have already done so for almost 60 years, or roughly three generations. As with the Hundred Years' War in Europe, this matzav ("situation") won't be over within the foreseeable future. I can only pray for peace for my grandchildren and my brother's grandchildren.

Those of us in the Galut/Diaspora who are unwilling to put our homes where our mouths are and make aliyah ("go up," that is, move to Israel) should at least put our money and our political support where our mouths are, and continue to support Israel and its people. Medinat Yisrael, the State of Israel, and Am Yisrael, the Jewish People, are in it for the long haul.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are many of us, who, as Daniel Gordis suggests, love the land (ALL of it) and know that it belongs to us. And we live here, and build houses here, and don't leave even if it is sometimes dangerous. And, thank G-d, we are very stubborn.

Come join us!


Wed Jan 09, 09:41:00 AM 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Which is why my orange t-shirt with the Gush Katif emblem says "the eternal people are not afraid of a long road"(in Hebrew of course). I think this is something that the right wingers among us have realized for quite a while.


Wed Jan 09, 08:11:00 PM 2008  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Noam, I guess it took me a while to catch up.

Thu Jan 10, 07:43:00 AM 2008  

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