Nothing Has Changed!

Over a year ago, I visited some Israeli towns along the Gaza border. I was touched by what I saw. Despite the hardships, the losses that were their share during Operation Protective Edge, the courageous residents remained  defiant and determined not to allow the enemy dampen their spirit and will. They picked up the broken pieces of their shattered world and did what the Jewish people have been known to do throughout history, move on and celebrate Life. In the timeline of Jewish history, nothing has changed.

Our enemy, across the border, in Gaza and in Judea and Samaria, likewise, chose to continue to do what they have been doing for many years and what they are best at. They chose to continue to celebrate death and in the process try and consume as many Jewish lives as they possibly can. In short, for them nothing has changed either.

Last night, channel 10 broadcast a segment about life alongside the Gaza border. The program featured, at one point, an interview with a couple who has been living in one of the towns near it. The wife complained of hearing drilling sounds coming from underneath their home. She even recorded those noises. There was no doubt about their nature. Hamas, in it unrelenting dedication to the “holy mission” of ridding the Middle East of Jews remains just as defiant and continues to dig tunnels into Israeli territory solely for achieving that goal. Yes, nothing has changed.

It is not only in the Middle East that life goes on unchanged. The world appears to keep a closed eye to this reality. Moreover, in its silence and appeasing statements, it seems to embolden terrorism. After all, according to the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, Palestinian violence is “part of ‘human nature’ to react to an occupation.”

This statement, however, does not come as a surprise. It is uttered by the man who heads the very same organization and its UNRAW branch that sheltered terrorists and their weapons aimed at killing Israel civilians. It further attests and validates what many of us, Israelis and sane members of the family of nations, have felt, that the UN, its leaders and representatives are accessories to crimes against humanity and should be put on trial. and held accountable. They will not, because nothing will change.

There was one change this week, though. The French hypocrisy has dictated to France to make a change, albeit in the wrong direction. It decided to recognize a “Palestinian” state. That step was taken in the hope that if it “feeds the Crocodile,” to quote the wise Winston Churchill, “it will eat it last.” According to my dear friend, Dr. Mordechai Kedar, France’s logic is misguided because it is not the “Palestinians” that it needs to appease but the Muslims who wish to create a world Caliphate. Kedar believes that establishing a “Palestinian” state is an action against Islam that will increase terror against France instead of calming it. So, though we may see h the buds of a change here, unfortunately, it is change for the worse.

How then do we bring about change, a change for the better?

My suggestion to the world is a simple one. The only way it can bring about the so sought after change, the fulfillment of its desire to make this place a safer one is by removing its blinders and detoxifying its distorted perspective. It needs to rid itself of the misguiding compass with its needle pointing to the North. Rather, it should re-orient itself by shifting back to the Orient, more precisely Israel. It needs to realize that Israel, the beacon of sanity in a world of madness, is who it should support. Perhaps instead of the United Nations drawing false and misleading comparisons between the “Palestinians” and the truly defenseless Jewish victims of the Nazi genocide on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, it should support the living Jews, the Jewish state and the Homeland of the Jews.

About the Author
Bat-Zion Susskind-Sacks is an English teacher and a pro Israel advocate. She lives in Israel and has recently published her first novel, "On A Wing From The Holy Land."