It was a great move to give Jonathan Pollard honorary citizenship. BTW: Where is he? Why is he still not free to move to Israel?!
Of course, he’s Jewish and US UN Ambassador Nikki Haley is not. And he was targeted unfairly by the US justice system and Haley is celebrated widely. But that shouldn’t stop Israel from giving her the same honors.
Don’t we have plenty of anti-Zionist enemies (Jewish and Gentile, religious and not so religious) living here legally? Why not start changing that balance on the non-Jewish side?
Gentiles who try not to convert Jews to something else and who are humble long-time proven Zionists should be welcomed to make aliyah. If we need one group of people here to expand, it’s Israel advocates.
Some of them might actually make Israel their (second) home. But even when they won’t, won’t it be great to call them ours? This besides, no doubt, them being thrilled by such a move?
(Of course, any family member of theirs who is not an Israel advocate is not welcome and proselytizing should be rewarded by expulsion. I would also exclude people who belong to groups who pray, pay or work for or dream of converting Jews. They love us like a person who says: I love fish, and then proceeds eating it. And no thank you to people who “love Israel” because they mistakenly see it as voice for their Islamophobia. If Israel’s majority is anything, then it’s against unfairness and bigotry.)
This recognition should be awarded by a Knesset committee, ratified by a Knesset majority, to avoid prime ministers using this as a tool to placate foreign dignitaries not (yet) deserving so.
Why stop at giving our best friends honorary doctorates?
We may find these spokespersons for Israel not only among politicians. There are religious leaders, royals, teachers, bloggers and ordinary Gentile citizens in many countries who dedicate their life’s energies to standing up for Israel no matter what.
I’m always annoyed when populations and publications honor dead Jewish Nazi victims but have no sympathy for living proud Zionist Jews. Why only honor WW II protectors of Jews and not also current ones?
Of course, it is beyond enormous when Gentiles risked or gave their lives to save Jews. But how about present-time long-term life-long dedication to the Jewish State? That should count for something too.
What easier move than to stand with the people who stand with us?!
Israel aims to speak for all Jews. Well then, let’s do it!
Give our true friends the same immigration rights as Jews.
Down with goyophobia!
(Full disclosure: I have a friend who is a Dutch humble brave teacher of religion in a Dutch Christian school where he teaches students (most of them Muslim!) about Judaism and respect for Jews. He takes them on tours to the Jewish museum and lets them build a sukah. He never talks about his own beliefs but when I asked him, I found that he is completely against converting Jews and believes that Jews for Jesus are entirely mistaken. He’s crazy about Jews and Israel. His home in the Netherlands is filled with mezuzot, shofars, megilot, chanukiyot, etc. He knows all kashrut laws. He’s flown to Israel over a 100 times, spending here his every vacation and has many friends here but could never settle here while a Jewish anti-Zionist is always welcome. That’s illogical.)