I was sickened (and very much disagree) with The Jerusalem Post naming Peter Beinart and Jeremy Ben-Ami to the list of Most Influential Jews in the world – and felt it necessary to revisit history, as history often repeats itself.
Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin wrote a public letter some years ago to American Jews who publicly criticized him:
Jews have the right to criticize the government of Israel in which I serve as Prime Minister — at any given moment, any second, any hour, day or night. But I, too, have the right to ask of them to understand one thing at least: on matters which relate to the national security of this little nation in Eretz Yisrael, please refrain from preferring advice, at least in public, within earshot of our enemies who conspire to do us evil. Remember, please, the simple fact that we care for our children and grandchildren — and they, these little children, live here.
Netanyahu today could say the same thing to these fools who advocate a boycott of the Jewish state, as Begin wrote:
I permit myself to express astonishment why a man like you has to organize American Jews in order to publish a statement which lends–not, God forbid, intentionally — comfort to those who gleefully declared: look, the Jews of American are turning their backs on Israel. Do you, with your intelligence, not perceive that the whole purpose is to squeeze us into a thin strip of territory? What else has to be rendered in writing or orally to make you and your colleagues understand that we are fighting for our lives?
The most influential? I beg to differ and if that’s the case, heaven help us. The words of Ze’ev Jabotinsky in his 1908 essay called “Without Patriotism,” which he headed with a quote: “Have pity on me that I cannot love” are very fitting for these awful people who give solace and strength to the enemy.
One wonders what good these people can hope to accomplish. Over 100 years ago Jabotinsky wrote:
The bitter root of our shame and our suffering, is that we do not give our own people the full love of a patriot. It would be better if we did not love our people at all, if we were unconcerned as to whether it existed or had disappeared, rather than that we should love it halfway, which means to despise it.
If in need of influential American Jews, how about valiant Chabad Rabbis who keep Jews Jewish or Dr. Irving Moskowitz who has valiantly helped ensure Jerusalem remain undivided? That’s positive influence. Can’t Jeremy Ben-Ami and Peter Beinart “love” another country rather than the Jewish state? This PR Agency owner says their “love” and so-called influence is better directed elsewhere.