Never homeless again

This week saw the historic, miraculous opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, Israel.

America’s symbolic home away from home with their friend and ally Israel is now in its undivided capital.

President Trump is a builder of majestic building and projects, and he understands the significance of a home at its most fundamental level.

For much of our history, the Jewish people have not had the security of a home.

In the Middle Ages, European nations expelled the Jews from England, France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Italy and more. In the 20th century, the Arab nations forced almost a million Jews out of their lands from Morocco all the way to Afghanistan. In the Holocaust, Hitler murdered 6,000,000 Jews and attempted his Genocide against us as a global ambition, and no Jewish home was safe.

In 1948, the Jewish people were returned to their Promised Land.

Just as many have not accepted Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, so too they have still not come to terms with Israel’s legitimacy as a state.

As a result, in the last few days, we’ve seen Hamas rioting by the tens of thousands in Gaza. Hezbollah threatening again with 100,000+ rockets from Lebanon. Iran shooting volleys of missiles from Syria. And Turkey recalling their ambassador from Israel.

Further, the United Nations calls Israeli self-defense “shocking” and may attempt to throw yet another resolution, two, or a dozen at it.

Unfortunately, all of this is just an excuse to make the Jews homeless and vulnerable once again–while Israel’s enemies act with impunity.

But perhaps people in glass houses–with terrorists and hostile nation states at their own doors–shouldn’t be so quick to throw stones.

And just as a home is sovereign, so too are a nation’s borders.

Both must be wholly defended, and no further justification is required against hordes of violent foreign invaders.

In the Bible, the L-rd promised Abraham and his descendants the land of Israel. And He further said: “All that bless Israel will be blessed and all that curse Israel will be cursed.”

There are 50+ majority Muslim lands in the world, but only one Jewish homeland, and it is not “up for grabs” anymore.

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Andy Blumenthal is business and technology leader who writes frequently about Jewish life, culture, and security. All opinions are his own.
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