Esor Ben-Sorek

America’s overseas territories

A math teacher at Dawson College in Montreal, Canada, takes umbrage with my Simple Solutions, recently published. He fears that my proposal would result in the loss of Israel’s independence and he suggests that if I think so highly of the United States I should move there.

Living in Trudeau’s world, he has a very limited view of our beautiful life in our beautiful Israel. However, being a Canadian he should remember that his allegiance is to the reigning monarch of Great Britain, Queen Elizabeth II. The British Commonwealth of nations which include Canada, England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, and once-upon-a-time South Africa and Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) has not diminished the autonomy of those nations and they are protected under the British umbrella.

So too, are America’s overseas territories. Pago Pago in American Samoa, Hagatna in the Territory of Guam, Saipan in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, San Juan in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and Charlotte Amalie in the United States Virgin Islands are all independent and autonomous territories, possessions of the United States of America.

They have all the benefits of American citizenship and are protected under an American umbrella.

My proposal for Israel to become an autonomous territory was not so unrealistic. Israel would maintain its independence while enjoying benefits and protection from the United States. And, as I wrote in my previous article, any attack on Israel would ergo be considered an attack on the United States. Just as the Dawson College math teacher’s beloved Canada would be protected by mother England.

He prefers the life parmi les canadiens francaises in Outremont, Westmount and Cote de Neige and little scattered Jewish communities in la province de Quebec rather than considering bringing his math talents to our Israeli schools of higher education. Pauvre homme !

It amuses me and often angers me that Jews who do not live in Israel are so critical of Israelis or others whose views differ from theirs.

Monsieur L.F. has chosen Trudeau. He wants me to choose Trump. But of the three T’s, I prefer Tel-Aviv.

About the Author
Esor Ben-Sorek is a retired professor of Hebrew, Biblical literature & history of Israel. Conversant in 8 languages: Hebrew, Yiddish, English, French, German, Spanish, Polish & Dutch. Very proud of being an Israeli citizen. A follower of Trumpeldor & Jabotinsky & Begin.
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