A Change in Attitude

Well folks, time to own up to the ugly truth: it ain’t working. Our little Zionist social experiment has reached an impasse.

Far from being free Jews in our own land, we are getting pummeled.

Check out the wintertime fun displayed in the nation’s capital in this home video:

In downtown Jerusalem, in broad daylight – religious Jews are being abused by a mob of – Arabs. In our own land, squarely in the capital of the State of the Jews.

And a sorry state it is.


Israeli Minister of Education Naftali Bennett is onto something when he warns of a kind of ‘mental deadlock’ in the military. But he doesn’t go far enough. With nearly daily stabbings throughout Israel, on any side of the ‘green line’ – something is dreadfully wrong in Israeli society.

If you hadn’t heard, just a few days ago, a 15-year-old Arab walked into the home of Dafna Meir, 38 year old and a mother of six, and stabbed her to death in front of her children. The next day, another brave Arab youth stabbed a young pregnant woman in a store after he asked her for help.

What is going on here?

I blame nearly seventy years of Western, Euro-American brainwashing for the failure of Israel to protect its own citizens from the murderous intent of an evil, barbaric Islamic culture that threatens to wash the entire world in violence. And I think it’s time that we come to our senses and admit that as moral compasses, the Obamas and John Kerrys and the anti-Semitic European Union have had enough influence in our lives.

We Jews in Israel are not Westerners. We are Middle Easterners, with an ancient Middle Eastern culture born and bred in the heart of the Middle East. Our neighbors have no illusions of being Westerners ostensibly concerned with human rights. It’s time we adopt some of our own home grown policies in this particularly tough corner of the world. Otherwise, we could be crushed from within.

The first illusion that must drop by the wayside is that Israeli culture must be egalitarian in the Western democratic sense, purporting that all residents of this little country should have equal rights. That is nonsense, and has always been so, since we claim a divine right to this land – for the Jewish People, and no other people.

Central to the three great Abrahamic faiths – Judaism, Christianity, and Islam – is the belief that God gave the Land of Israel to the Nation of Israel, the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Fully half of the world subscribes to this faith, as expressed in both the Bible and the Quran:

“And here – God stood above him [Jacob] and said, ‘I am HaShem, the God of Abraham your father,  and the God of Isaac. The Land that you are lying upon – to you I will give it, and to your descendants.’” (The Bible, Genesis, 28, 13)

“Bear in mind the words of Moses to his People [Children of Israel].  He said:  ‘Remember, my People, the favor which God has bestowed upon you.  He has raised up prophets among you, made you kings, and given you that which He has given to no other nation.  Enter, my People, the Holy Land [Land of Israel] which God has assigned for you.  Do not turn back, and thus lose all”. (The Qur’an, Sura 5:20, “The Table”)

The Promise of the Land of Israel is divinely ordained for the People of Israel, and no-one else.

It’s time we own up to this fact and behave accordingly.

Now let it be clear: there is no reason that non-Jews cannot live in the Land of Israel, in peace with the Jewish Nation. But the very existence of a divine promise to the Jewish People, that their descendants will live in the Land of Israel for all time, means that we have a different relationship with the Land than any other individuals or nations.

To make this promise work – and with it, the prophetic notion that the Jewish People in the Land of Israel will serve the world as a ‘Light to the Nations’ – we must admit, in words, action, and social policy – that the Arabs and others living in Israel have no right to claim sovereignty over our land. This implies that their existence in Israel is dependent upon their acceptance of the sole sovereignty of the Jewish People in this tiny land.

This may seem shocking for Western ears. But we must admit that such policies have long been in place within the Middle Eastern countries that neighbor upon Israel. It doesn’t seem to bother the United Nations, nor the US State Department, nor the members of the European Union, that in all 26 Muslims states in the region, a Jew is forbidden by law from owning land. Also – as a Jewish Israeli, I am forbidden from even setting foot in the vast majority of these countries.

God damn it – what’s good for the goose must also be good for the gander!

Another issue: it is time that Israel to enact in law the execution of wanton murderers who take lives so cheaply, knowing that there is nothing stopping them from receiving thousands of dollars from the PLO upon their successful killing of Jews. The execution of convicted murderers serves justice, irrespective of whether it deters other potential killers.

What we need desperately in this country is a change in attitude. We must recognize the miraculous nature of the return of the Jewish People to their native land, no matter how much there are those who wish to deny this strange fact of history. Were we to take such a step, then the words of the prophets would fall into place by themselves, for the benefit of the Jewish People and the world at large:

“Afterwards – the Children of Israel will return and request God their Lord, and David their king. They will be in awe of God and his good – in the end of days.” (Hoshea 3, 5)

About the Author
Yisrael Rosenberg is a former New Englander who made aliyah 30 years ago. He lives with his wife and four children in Jerusalem.
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