The Dream of Fools

In the ebbing years of the 19th century and as the dawn of the 20th century appeared on the horizon, the father of Zionism, Theodor Herzl, dreamt a great dream. Only a portion of it saw life in the middle of the 20th century. Dreams seem to take much time to become realities.

If I stood outside the doors of America’s White House today, the president’s Jewish son-in-law Jared Kushner might have asked me why my hands were not in motion… why I was not clapping together with those assembled foolish dreamers.

I had to reply to him in a jocular way. “One of my hisses is worth more than ten of your hand-claps”.

Prime Minister Bibi (Boobie) stood in front with his wide smile, quite unusual for an indicted criminal who may soon find discomfort in a prison cell. Behind him stood the sober and scowling (always afraid to smile) American president Trump, architect of the latest peace plan, the chief fool of dreamers.

Israel got much of the plan. The Palestinians got little of the plan. And the world got an invitation to witness the next forth-coming great war.

The 1967 victory in which Israel became the sole authority over Jerusalem has been diminished in 1/2020. East Jerusalem will become the unquestioned capitol of a dreaded Palestinian state.

It is something we swore would never happen. Netanyahu promised that Jerusalem would never again be divided. But politicians are famous for their lies and false promises. And now, mother Jerusalem will be divided again.. west for the Jerusalem of Israel and east for the Jerusalem of Palestine.

And never the twain shall meet. Bullets will continue to be fired. Bombs and rockets will continue to fall.

Mothers will be bereft of sons, wives of husbands, children of fathers. And all because of a dream of fools.

Trump may get impeached. Netanyahu may go to prison. And their dreams may go up in smoke.. a smoke which cannot mask the stench of the blood which will fill our streets.

Ultra-orthodox Jewish zealots may once again, as in 1948, raise the white flag of surrender to the Muslims in east Jerusalem. The mad dogs of Neturai Karta may embrace their Muslim fellow zealots.

And the dreamers of a dream may awaken to discover it is a nightmare… one created by them.

While Israel has agreed to the Trump peace plan’s requirement to be a good boy for the next four years, Netanyahu’s immediate efforts will be to annex the entire Jordan Valley together with all the illegal settlements… most which will not be recognized by the majority of nations… except for the Trumpian America.

I asked Kushner if his hands did not ache from all the clapping. He in turn asked me if my throat was not sore from all the hissing.

We did not get everything we wanted from our dream. No one ever gets 100%. But the Arabs of Palestine stuck their thumbs into the pie and plucked out a giant plum. They got the Jerusalem they had insisted upon as capitol of their unborn State.

Mail carriers will endure a great frenzy attempting to deliver letters sent to Jerusalem, Israel or to Jerusalem, Palestine.

With Herzl we got a dream we could live with. With Trump we will have a dream we can die with.

And with Binyamin Netanyahu we are living in a dream of fools. And he is Fool # 1.

Hashem yatzilainu mi onsho she la zeh ! May God save us from this punishment as he.

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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