Friends in Turmoil

What if, in the midst of recent turmoil at the United Nations and the rancor over President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of our country, some large and some smaller nations were to declare us persona non grata? What if Turkey, France, England, for example, were to deny us airspace forbidding our aircraft from flying over their territory, denying us landing rights, etc?

We would in essence be cut off from the European continent and from there across the ocean to North America. Our safest destinations would be to Cyprus and Greece. Perhaps the Vatican would intervene on our behalf and guarantee us landing rights in Rome.

It is a frightening thought but a necessary thought nonetheless. As 2018 approaches we must be more prepared than ever for catastrophes.

As a young child I would hear my mother often repeating a phrase: “Good things come in small packages”. To a child it seemed rather contrary. Most children appreciate large gifts wrapped in large packages.

Quite recently, we Israelis were treated to good gifts in small packages.

Two North American countries, Guatemala and Honduras, had the courage and the bravery to defy the larger nations of the world gathered at the General Assembly’s meeting on the Jerusalem resolution.

In the face of 128 obstacles, 9 small countries, some whose names I had never heard, stood up to defend the justice of Jewish rights and claims to Jerusalem as its eternal capital as it had been for 3.500 years. Guatemala and Honduras, two devoutly Catholic South American countries, stood with Israel and with President Trump’s declaration.

We are exceedingly grateful to those nations who supported our claim. Israelis should plan future vacation trips to the friendly countries rather than only to the larger countries on the European continent.

It is beyond the ken of my understanding how and why Israeli tourists flock to the bazaars and beaches of a Turkey which dislikes and condemns us.  But, unfortunately the Israeli ego is larger than the Israeli brain. Most Israelis, in particular the younger generation, like the Yairs of our country, think first of “what’s best for me? what’s in it for me?” rather than “what’s best for my country and the society in which I live”?

I thank God for the good Christian nations which look to the holy Bible for answers. They know that God promised the land of Israel to the Jews. Even the prophet Mohammed said that the land of Israel was meant by Allah for the Jews. Pity that Abbas and his cohorts do not read the Quran diligently.

First, God promised the land to our patriarch Abraham. He renewed the promise to Isaac, not to Ishmael, and once again to Jacob but not to Esau.

Abbas has delusions that the Palestinians are the descendants of the ancient Canaanites, a people destroyed by the Israelites at God’s command. He recently made the unbelievably stupid remark that Jesus the Jew was actually a Palestinian even though there was no Palestine in the lifetime of Jesus.

How ignorant can Abbas be? As he ages, he grows more and more senile and his memory fades out of sight.

Honduras and Guatemala braved the winds of vitriol. Guatemala was one of the very first countries to recognize our independence in 1948. We owe them a great debt of gratitude. They have proven to be good friends in turmoil.

Hopefully other nations will decide to move their embassies into Jerusalem.

Only then will the biblical promise be fulfilled. “Ki mi Tziyon taitzai Torah u’dvar Adonai mi Yerushalayim”… from out of Zion shall go forth the law and the Word of God from Jerusalem.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What if, in the midst of recent turmoil at the United Nations and the rancor over President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of our country, some large and some smaller nations were to declare us persona non grata? What if Turkey, France, England, for example, were to deny us airspace forbidding our aircraft from flying over their territory, denying us landing rights, etc?

We would in essence be cut off from the European continent and from there across the ocean to North America. Our safest destinations would be to Cyprus and Greece. Perhaps the Vatican would intervene on our behalf and guarantee us landing rights in Rome.

It is a frightening thought but a necessary thought nonetheless. As 2018 approaches we must be more prepared than ever for catastrophes.

As a young child I would hear my mother often repeating a phrase: “Good things come in small packages”. To a child it seemed rather contrary. Most children appreciate large gifts wrapped in large packages.

Quite recently, we Israelis were treated to good gifts in small packages.

Two North American countries, Guatemala and Honduras, had the courage and the bravery to defy the larger nations of the world gathered at the General Assembly’s meeting on the Jerusalem resolution.

In the face of 128 obstacles, 9 small countries, some whose names I had never heard, stood up to defend the justice of Jewish rights and claims to Jerusalem as its eternal capital as it had been for 3.500 years. Guatemala and Honduras, two devoutly Catholic South American countries, stood with Israel and with President Trump’s declaration.

We are exceedingly grateful to those nations who supported our claim. Israelis should plan future vacation trips to the friendly countries rather than only to the larger countries on the European continent.

It is beyond the ken of my understanding how and why Israeli tourists flock to the bazaars and beaches of a Turkey which dislikes and condemns us.  But, unfortunately the Israeli ego is larger than the Israeli brain. Most Israelis, in particular the younger generation, like the Yairs of our country, think first of “what’s best for me? what’s in it for me?” rather than “what’s best for my country and the society in which I live”?

I thank God for the good Christian nations which look to the holy Bible for answers. They know that God promised the land of Israel to the Jews. Even the prophet Mohammed said that the land of Israel was meant by Allah for the Jews. Pity that Abbas and his cohorts do not read the Quran diligently.

First, God promised the land to our patriarch Abraham. He renewed the promise to Isaac, not to Ishmael, and once again to Jacob but not to Esau.

Abbas has delusions that the Palestinians are the descendants of the ancient Canaanites, a people destroyed by the Israelites at God’s command. He recently made the unbelievably stupid remark that Jesus the Jew was actually a Palestinian even though there was no Palestine in the lifetime of Jesus.

How ignorant can Abbas be? As he ages, he grows more and more senile and his memory fades out of sight.

Honduras and Guatemala braved the winds of vitriol. Guatemala was one of the very first countries to recognize our independence in 1948. We owe them a great debt of gratitude.

Hopefully other nations will decide to move their embassies into Jerusalem.

Only then will the biblical promise be fulfilled. “Ki mi Tziyon taitzai Torah u’dvar Adonai mi Yerushalayim”… from out of Zion shall go forth the law and the Word of God from Jerusalem.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What if, in the midst of recent turmoil at the United Nations and the rancor over President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of our country, some large and some smaller nations were to declare us persona non grata? What if Turkey, France, England, for example, were to deny us airspace forbidding our aircraft from flying over their territory, denying us landing rights, etc?

We would in essence be cut off from the European continent and from there across the ocean to North America. Our safest destinations would be to Cyprus and Greece. Perhaps the Vatican would intervene on our behalf and guarantee us landing rights in Rome.

It is a frightening thought but a necessary thought nonetheless. As 2018 approaches we must be more prepared than ever for catastrophes.

As a young child I would hear my mother often repeating a phrase: “Good things come in small packages”. To a child it seemed rather contrary. Most children appreciate large gifts wrapped in large packages.

Quite recently, we Israelis were treated to good gifts in small packages.

Two North American countries, Guatemala and Honduras, had the courage and the bravery to defy the larger nations of the world gathered at the General Assembly’s meeting on the Jerusalem resolution.

In the face of 128 obstacles, 9 small countries, some whose names I had never heard, stood up to defend the justice of Jewish rights and claims to Jerusalem as its eternal capital as it had been for 3.500 years. Guatemala and Honduras, two devoutly Catholic South American countries, stood with Israel and with President Trump’s declaration.

We are exceedingly grateful to those nations who supported our claim. Israelis should plan future vacation trips to the friendly countries rather than only to the larger countries on the European continent.

It is beyond the ken of my understanding how and why Israeli tourists flock to the bazaars and beaches of a Turkey which dislikes and condemns us.  But, unfortunately the Israeli ego is larger than the Israeli brain. Most Israelis, in particular the younger generation, like the Yairs of our country, think first of “what’s best for me? what’s in it for me?” rather than “what’s best for my country and the society in which I live”?

I thank God for the good Christian nations which look to the holy Bible for answers. They know that God promised the land of Israel to the Jews. Even the prophet Mohammed said that the land of Israel was meant by Allah for the Jews. Pity that Abbas and his cohorts do not read the Quran diligently.

First, God promised the land to our patriarch Abraham. He renewed the promise to Isaac, not to Ishmael, and once again to Jacob but not to Esau.

Abbas has delusions that the Palestinians are the descendants of the ancient Canaanites, a people destroyed by the Israelites at God’s command. He recently made the unbelievably stupid remark that Jesus the Jew was actually a Palestinian even though there was no Palestine in the lifetime of Jesus.

How ignorant can Abbas be? As he ages, he grows more and more senile and his memory fades out of sight.

Honduras and Guatemala braved the winds of vitriol. Guatemala was one of the very first countries to recognize our independence in 1948. We owe them a great debt of gratitude.

Hopefully other nations will decide to move their embassies into Jerusalem.

Only then will the biblical promise be fulfilled. “Ki mi Tziyon taitzai Torah u’dvar Adonai mi Yerushalayim”… from out of Zion shall go forth the law and the Word of God from Jerusalem.

 

 

 

 

What if, in the midst of recent turmoil at the United Nations and the rancor over President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of our country, some large and some smaller nations were to declare us persona non grata? What if Turkey, France, England, for example, were to deny us airspace forbidding our aircraft from flying over their territory, denying us landing rights, etc?

We would in essence be cut off from the European continent and from there across the ocean to North America. Our safest destinations would be to Cyprus and Greece. Perhaps the Vatican would intervene on our behalf and guarantee us landing rights in Rome.

It is a frightening thought but a necessary thought nonetheless. As 2018 approaches we must be more prepared than ever for catastrophes.

As a young child I would hear my mother often repeating a phrase: “Good things come in small packages”. To a child it seemed rather contrary. Most children appreciate large gifts wrapped in large packages.

Quite recently, we Israelis were treated to good gifts in small packages.

Two North American countries, Guatemala and Honduras, had the courage and the bravery to defy the larger nations of the world gathered at the General Assembly’s meeting on the Jerusalem resolution.

In the face of 128 obstacles, 9 small countries, some whose names I had never heard, stood up to defend the justice of Jewish rights and claims to Jerusalem as its eternal capital as it had been for 3.500 years. Guatemala and Honduras, two devoutly Catholic South American countries, stood with Israel and with President Trump’s declaration.

We are exceedingly grateful to those nations who supported our claim. Israelis should plan future vacation trips to the friendly countries rather than only to the larger countries on the European continent.

It is beyond the ken of my understanding how and why Israeli tourists flock to the bazaars and beaches of a Turkey which dislikes and condemns us.  But, unfortunately the Israeli ego is larger than the Israeli brain. Most Israelis, in particular the younger generation, like the Yairs of our country, think first of “what’s best for me? what’s in it for me?” rather than “what’s best for my country and the society in which I live”?

I thank God for the good Christian nations which look to the holy Bible for answers. They know that God promised the land of Israel to the Jews. Even the prophet Mohammed said that the land of Israel was meant by Allah for the Jews. Pity that Abbas and his cohorts do not read the Quran diligently.

First, God promised the land to our patriarch Abraham. He renewed the promise to Isaac, not to Ishmael, and once again to Jacob but not to Esau.

Abbas has delusions that the Palestinians are the descendants of the ancient Canaanites, a people destroyed by the Israelites at God’s command. He recently made the unbelievably stupid remark that Jesus the Jew was actually a Palestinian even though there was no Palestine in the lifetime of Jesus.

How ignorant can Abbas be? As he ages, he grows more and more senile and his memory fades out of sight.

Honduras and Guatemala braved the winds of vitriol. Guatemala was one of the very first countries to recognize our independence in 1948. We owe them a great debt of gratitude.

Hopefully other nations will decide to move their embassies into Jerusalem.

Only then will the biblical promise be fulfilled. “Ki mi Tziyon taitzai Torah u’dvar Adonai mi Yerushalayim”… from out of Zion shall go forth the law and the Word of God from Jerusalem.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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