If this quote reportedly from FDR was applied to Israel and its supporters, we would claim a unique record for the scale of the judgement. The eclectic mix of our enemies – some new and some old – is simply staggering. Climate activists including the infamous Greta Thunberg (who last week said on X “Israel – as well as those who support Israel’s brutal attacks and occupation – must be held accountable for their actions. We cannot remain silent during a genocide.”), famous ex-soccer players, many many global leaders, Islamic Fundamentalists, Liberals…it is a remarkable list.
All of these were silent to the rape, mutilation and murder on 7th October. They were completely silent to the brutal wars and murders waged against Muslims, Christians and others across Asia, Africa and the Middle East in recent years but have not wasted a single moment to fully vent their rage against Israel.
Hundreds of Christian villagers in Nigeria were murdered over the Christmas period by Islamic nomadic tribes and all of the above said nothing.
I could despair of course and a natural part of me wants to…but I will take to heart the words of Winston Churchill who reportedly said: “You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”
The fabric of the ‘free world’ is in deep trouble and these same forces across the spectrum are challenging the status quo of the democratic values that have underpinned society for many years.
I have grown tired of despair. I know that I am many things but EVIL is not one of them – I have strong ethical values, don’t hate and want genuine peace. These enemies – who believe I as a Zionist – have no right to exist will not deter me from living life against the ethical code that is Judaism.
I am also grateful for the silent and not so silent majorities in large parts of the Christian, Hindu and other faith centers who I know feel similarly.
We must be strong!!