I Know I Am NOT Alone in This Feeling…

I am generally a very upbeat person with a happy disposition. I try my best to always look at the positive of a situation and always try to be one of those who attempts to bring that feeling to others. But, I have to say, lately this has been very difficult.

No, it is not due to the current wave of terror. This feeling is not due to the knife attacks, the car rammings or any other part of this so-called Knife Intifada. No, the source for this melancholy is our fellow occupants of Planet Earth. While that is kind of a broad statement, let me be a little clearer.

As anyone who reads my posts knows, I love Israel and the People of Israel. I am proud, VERY proud to be an Israeli citizen and am thrilled that we made Aliya nearly seven years ago. No longer on the outside looking in, I see first-hand what Israel does, accomplishes and affects on a daily basis. I watch as the most moral army in the world takes to the battlefield. I watch as science and medicine are affected all over the world by nearly daily inventions of new medicines and machines. I watch and marvel as the Start Up Nation brings new ideas and technology to the ENTIRE world. And, I watch as Israel is the FIRST one to help any other country (even ones with whom we have no diplomatic ties) in a case of natural disaster.

But, I also watch on a daily basis as the citizens of the world try to besmirch, criticize, boycott, divest, sanction, impugn and revile the Jewish State. Open up ANY newspaper, any online site dealing with world news and you will read about people who think that after Genghis Kahn, Adolf Hitler and Tomas de Torquemada, Israel is the most evil thing that has ever existed. Our “right to exist” is challenged and called into question daily. We are charged with extra-judicial killings, harvesting “Palestinian” organs, apartheid, and a whole list of other serious charges. We, the victim of all of this terrorism that surrounds us, are made out to be the perpetrators. Numbers of deaths “on both sides” are given, like a scorecard, as if to bring a sense of a lack-of-balance in the number of dead. The world community eats up the drivel, lies, falsehood and deception that is fed to them by BDS movements, the media and, of course, the Arab-fed propaganda machine. The vast number of people who spew this venom against Israel stands in stark contrast to much smaller numbers of those who stand up for Israel.

I know what Israel is and what it is not. Israel does not murder Palestinian babies; does not harvest organs; does not practice apartheid; does not randomly kill Arabs, and it does not commit war crimes.

Israel DOES provide the WORLD with some of the greatest advancements known today to mankind in nearly every area of science and technology. Israel provides a democracy in the middle of an area that seethes with hatred for anything Western.

Israel is a Light Unto the Nations! And it saddens me that the world keeps trying to shut off the electricity.

About the Author
After living in Chicago for 50 years, the last 10 of which Zev Shandalov served as a shul Rav and teacher in local Orthodox schools, his family made Aliya to Maale Adumim in July 2009. Shandalov currently works as a teacher, mostly interacting with individual students.