The Reality of Terrorism

I haven’t had the urge to write recently or opine in public, other than reactions to others who have written or opined. Sometimes I find it difficult to focus on something in particular and decide what to write about with all the clutter that’s out there and all the things going on.

Nevertheless, it is no wonder that the recent waves of terror and senseless killings throughout the world and perhaps close to home has really caught my attention and energized my essayist juices. Whether I impart anything of value will ultimately be measured by those who read it or/and comment but at least I get it off my chest.

The rash of terror activities and especially the one that touched us close to home at Hollywood/Ft Lauderdale International Airport was a rude awakening. While I myself was not there, living a mere 10-15 minutes away from it, even in traffic, made it feel like I was. Even more was the presence of a local Chabad rabbi and friend who lives in Ft Lauderdale north of the airport equidistantly to my south who made it over there, a mere few hours before Shabbat, to see if he could be of any help especially to stranded Jewish passengers who had nowhere to go for Shabbat.

That made it even more real for me.

So I can only begin to imagine, if not really appreciate, the plight and daily impact terror and its vestiges has on my fellow brother and sisters in France, Germany and England, or other European countries currently suffering from the spate of radical-Muslim immigrants overwhelming them and their communities. Not to mention Israel which is the target of every honest and faith-believing Muslim whose one overarching goal is to, as they’re taught to believe, repatriate Israel to Islam.

Exacerbating the problem are the men and women in the Israeli judiciary or legislative bodies, who hold and wield the levers of power, who thwart the very ability for soldiers to either defend themselves or others. This is a Jewish sickness unlike any other in the world, where the animosity toward Israel and its citizens are by foreign nations, not those within the Jewish family.

For example: President Obama recently virtually shot Israel in the back. No one with an ounce of honesty can deny this. Regardless of whatever you think about his US-Israeli policies in the past and how he treated Bibi Netanyahu, what he did in the UN -or correctly stated did NOT do- was a shiv in Israel’s flank and a real vicious parting shot as he leaves office.

The far-reaching ramifications of this non-action will be harsh. The legal dangers and pitfalls for Israel, if they didn’t have enough to contend with already, will further erode Israel’s standing in the World Court and all over the globe. Not to mention its political leaders and diplomatic corps. To undo this egregious and inexcusable complacency in the UN will take herculean effort if it can be accomplished at all.

But those who had any vision and were willing to be honest in their assessment of this President already knew of his convictions from the get-go even if not to the degree he has now manifested it. Those who were foolish enough to vote and support him, of which there were many among our people, so-called supporters of Israel, are now reaping the rewards of their efforts and are perhaps now waking up to the sad reality of a political Jew-hater they urged Jews to elect and support financially.

In the end it comes down to Jewish servility and the Stockholm Syndrome all too prevalent in individuals who are part of our own and puts us all in peril of extinction. Oh, to be sure it is always dressed in the judicial garb of objectivity and law traitorously defending the very enemies who seek our extinction.

When an Israeli judge can sit on the bench, not actually knowing the situation at the time of the act taken by an Israeli soldier, who at most may have been overly zealous in ensuring the killing spree stops, who made clear he thought the terrorist is still going to continue to murder innocent people. Yet from the safe confines of her bench overrules and shunts aside the testimony, such a judge deserves no rights or protection. On the contrary she should be made to patrol those sectors and go through the dangers encountered by the soldiers she’s now judging.

Some are intent on proving to the world we Jews are willing to tie our own hands in abnegation to the will of our enemies. They care not a wit about Israel or its people but what the world and its people will say. It’s not about Israeli security for them it’s about abdicating our rights to our enemies. Maybe then they’ll be our friends. Maybe when we’re homeless again and helpless as we’ve been for so long will we be acceptable to world.

In their worldview an acceptable Jew is one who lays down and takes it. A Jew must cower and accept the abuse heaped on him. That’s how it’s always been. The paradigm that creates and teaches a Jew to be proud and fight back is antithetical to their education and judicial temperament. And it has been thus even to many of our own as well.

Jews in Israel and around the world must stand up and pugnaciously fight back. We need not fight with each other physically. Words, protest and peaceful actions can and will do. Ultimately, until Jews wake up and proudly vote for those who are arch-independents and proud believers in Torah and G-d’s gift to us, it will not change.

Jews must work to remove judges who take the law into their own hands. We should not have to stand for this lawlessness. Once the legislators see the people mean business they too will fall in line or be voted out of office.

Let’s rise and take the bait! Let’s fight for what is right. Let them know might does not make right. Truth and honesty is and should be king. When we can accomplish this task in unison with all people and backgrounds in Israel we have a rosy and sunny future to look forward to.

About the Author
Graduate of the Rabbinical College of Greater Miami and Central Lubavitch Yeshivah in NY. Rabbi in Hollywood, FL leading its community as the Chabad Emissary and member of Florida Friends of Lubavitch for over 25 years. "Father and grandfather is something I'm most proud of and strive to get better."