Esor Ben-Sorek

It’s none of your business

An imaginary conversation.

  • “The Prime Minister of Israel and his coalition strongly condemn the American administration and legislature for planned building of a border wall against Mexico. We object to the American inhuman policy of deporting aliens who have resided in the United States for more than 25 years, paying their taxes regularly and having no criminal record. We do not think that the new tariffs placed on some European countries are fair. The Israeli government condemns the neo-Nazi movement now growing in America. The Government of Israel demands that the United States changes its intolerable policies.”


  • “Our large AIPAC lobby representing Jews in the United States and especially our genuine interest in Israel’s security and welfare has decided that Israel must come to terms with an understanding of the needs of the Palestinian people for a state of their own. Therefore, we insist that Prime Minister Netanyahu’s government officially recognize the concept of two states for two peoples”


The first conversation is from Israel to America. The second is from America to Israel. Both conversations are unwarranted. Nations must recognize the sovereignty of nations to determine the policies best suited to their respective needs.

Israel should reply to America, “it’s none of your business” and America should reply to Israel  “it’s none of your business”. Every country must implement the plans which are most essential for security & peace within their sovereign borders..

The recent AIPAC annual convention held in Washington DC attracted many thousands of Jews and sympathetic non-Jews (evangelicans, mainly) and were astounded to hear the CEO of AIPAC, Howard Kohr, deciding what Israel needs to do in order to settle differences with the Palestinians.

Speaking quite frankly, it’s none of his damn business and he should resign as CEO of AIPAC.  What Israel needs to do will be determined only by the Israeli people and government, not by foreign do-gooders.

If their love for Israel is so strong they should make Aliyah and come to live with us. But so many are unwilling to give up the delicacies of McDonald’s and Burger King.  Living here with us they may even get accustomed to eating falafel in a pita  wrapped in a bed of hummus with tehina sauce drizzling on top.

Israel has many problems. Probably more than the United States. Her borders on all sides are surrounded with Arab nations seeking her destruction, while the United States has only to contend with friendly Canada in the north and not-so-always-friendly Mexico in the south.

America guarantees freedom of religious practices to all its citizens, including Jews, while Israel guarantees freedom of Jewish religious practices only to Orthodox Jews.  Reform and Conservative Judaism is not recognized by the Israeli rabbinate nor by the government which is beholden to it.

In America, President Donald Trump is entwined in many severe problems. His government is in chaos.

In Israel, Prime Minister Netanyahu is battling criminal charges of bribery, fraud and corruption.

Israel does not tell America how to correct its problems while, on the other hand, America and large portions of the American Jewish communities, including AIPAC, do not hesitate to dictate and to demand changes in Israeli politics.

The answer to both parties should be simple. What we do is none of your business.

Clean up your own homes first.

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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