Israel has a democracy, a justice system, a police corps and a world-famous military and none of it and not even all of it can guarantee that we’ll stay around. The challenges are steep and the mood sometimes somber.
Yet, most Israelis live happily. Most of us are Jews, a People that swerve between naive and paranoid, between hope and defeatism. Mostly naive.
But in any case, we don’t sit around, just anticipating to be saved by G^d. We try a lot to survive. But most Israelis know that we never stood a chance and we made it anyway, so far. That helps the hoping, which we need because:
- Soon we’ll have the Eurovision Song Festival. The Junta in Gaza will find it impossible not to disturb the peace at least a bit. Like any attention seeker who sees a camera.
- The US and Iran are playing chicken. Many agree that if it comes to a military confrontation between them, Iran will fire nukes at Israel.
- The imminent Deal of the Century by Trump & co will be the ideal pretext for Arab Palestinian leaders to call for armed resistance, even if the “peace plan” would be unfair to Israel and endanger her.
- Hamas still wants to take over the West Bank from the PA. Not to hurt the PA but to hurt us. But the PA is lavishly paying its murderers, inviting new Jew slayers.
- Traditionally, we are called upon to live not just by Monotheism but also by monogamy. Life-long one man and one woman in one house, lead by her. Seems more and more beyond us.
And still, we just do it. If it’s totally impossible, we do it anyway. That’s how Israel won all its wars. That’s how we do everything here. We wing it, we dare, we try while we oscillate between “we have no choice” and “that’s all there is [take it or leave it].”
You can call it supernatural miracles or stubborn optimism or both. Lechaim!