As a 10-year-old in Brooklyn, I already knew about the horrific fate of both sides of our family in Poland. Even by that age I had already personally experienced enough anti-semitic violence to convince me that a Jewish country with a Jewish army would be our only salvation. Instinctively I knew that you don’t bite the hand that feeds you, even if those five fingers belong to a communist tyrant like Joseph Stalin.
Both the bolshevik Joseph Stalin and the democrat Harry Truman (against the advice of his anti-semitic Department of State), recognized the newborn Jewish state. Harry Truman took away with one hand what he gave with the other, because he imposed an arms embargo which basically left only the Jews high and dry. On the other hand Stalin “encouraged” his satellites not only to sell us arms, but provide training and volunteers for the new Jewish army. His new satellites even provided transit facilities for the arms and volunteers to reach the Jewish state. To put it bluntly it was only because of these arms shipments that Yom HaShoah isn’t two days long. Let us also remember that the Truman era Justice Department hunted down and imprisoned dedicated American Jews and Gentiles alike for violating the embargo, years after the signing of the final cease-fire agreement ending hostilities in the Holy Land.
It was because of these arms, training and volunteers supplied by Comrade Stalin’s anti-Zionist henchmen and not the antics and semantics of the so-called “pro-Zionist” leaders of major Jewish organizations that the Yishuv settlements were able to stop the Arab invasion and go on the offensive. Let us never forget that the resistance by the Jewish settlements in the south prevented Tel-Aviv from being overrun. Never forget that because of the heroism of the settlements in the north that the Arab armies didn’t reach Haifa. Always remember that because of the sacrifices made by the settlements in Judea that enabled the siege of Jerusalem to be broken. Only because the settlements held up the Arab advance that massive Czech armaments shipments could be absorbed and properly equip a new Jewish army.
I was armed with two of these Czech rifles during the Yom Kippur war, guarding Egyptian POW’s because Golda Meir delivered our Uzi’s to Idi Amin without payment. Luckily we didn’t have to wait long for that republican “crook” Richard Nixon of “blessed memory” to save us with an immediate and massive airlift.
After the miracle of Dunkirk, Winston Churchill stated in parliament that “Wars are not won by evacuations”. Israel’s future security will only be determined by permanent and secure borders populated with Jewish settlements. Their future and the future of the State of Israel will only be guaranteed by a Jewish army, and not by treaties, resolutions, and formulations conjured up by those that tried to destroy us in the past.
Thus, isn’t it a historical absurdity that Rabbi Rick Jacobs, the new head of the Reform movement is openly critical of a pro-Israel republican president’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. This comes after eight years of silence about the Nobel Peace Prize winner’s hostility towards the Jewish state. I am certain that his knee-jerk partisan reaction against President Trump’s decision could have been averted had President Obama taken time out from drawing red lines in the sand and honor the same commitment which was also part of his own platform. Could this be interpreted as Trump honoring a commitment in one year that Obama managed to avoid honoring in eight?
It seems that Rabbi Jacobs draws his inspiration from the New York Times and not the Torah. Inspiration drawn from a journalistic rag printed on cheap paper, instead of from the holy scriptures, hand written on costly unblemished parchment. A prominent Reform rabbi, Ammiel Hirsch, reminded Rabbi Jacobs that there is no Judaism without Jerusalem (a three thousand year old Jewish settlement in Judea). However, Rabbi Hirsch should be reminded that every Moshe Pipik is created by his own misconceptions, but every Rabbi Jacobs is created by the majority of his peers.
Not having to employ too much historical retrospect, we find that Jewish history and Israeli geography owe more to communist party hacks than to leading Reform rabbis. Let me end with a quote from another great English statesman, Oliver Cromwell: “Depart I say, let us have done with you. In the name of G-d, go.”
Daniel Levinson is a veteran of the US Navy and the Israeli Army. A soldier in the Yom Kippur War and a combatant in an Arab terrorist raid, he is the father of two high-ranking reserve officers in the IDF.