Several of my regular readers have asked me if I have stopped writing Blogs for the Times of Israel. Despite the increasing insanity sweeping the world and any number of potential subjects demanding my attention, I have been too busy. I have been working hard to get Len Palmer, the hero of my books The Len Palmer Mysteries, out of a hole; he has been stuck in the depths of a diamond mine. Readers will be relieved to learn that Len is, at last, out of his hole and the third book is well on its way to completion. (If you haven’t read it yet, the first book in the series ‘Snow Job: A Len Palmer Mystery‘ is available from Amazon for just 99 cents. That won’t make a hole in your pocket.)
Fortunately, I have not been asked to help get our government, indeed, our country, out of the hole in which we find ourselves. Getting Len out of his hole was a trivial task compared with our struggle to see daylight. In the South, we are under attack from Palestinian “protesters” who regularly try to breach the border fence and have no qualms about throwing explosives at our soldiers. They use children’s toys to bring devastation to our countryside. They have found a new use for condoms which would be better employed in more conventional ways. They fill our air, and their own air, with poisonous smoke from burning tires (that’s tyres for any British readers) with not a murmur from Greens anywhere in the world.
I am reminded of The Judgment of Solomon, a story in which King Solomon ruled between two women both claiming to be the mother of a child. Solomon revealed the true mother of the child by suggesting cutting the baby in two, with each woman getting half. One woman agreed, while the real mother begged Solomon to sheath his sword and give the child to her rival. It is sad that the world cannot carry out such a test today. We lovingly tend our green and fertile fields; the Palestinians burn them. Who is the true “mother”?
But we are forced to handle these “protesters” with kid gloves while much of the world looks on with disapproval at any attempt to defend both our land and our people from these blatant acts of war. Even though the Israel Air Force dropped leaflets to warn people that their lives would be in danger if they protested at the border, the international community strongly criticized Israel with not a word about Hamas.
As usual, the United Nations condemned Israel for ‘excessive, disproportionate and indiscriminate force’ against the peaceful Palestinians who were only trying to burn our fields, forests and nature reserves, and to murder the residents of nearby kibbutzim.
Meanwhile, in another country with a somewhat similar problem on its southern border, the approach is very different.
“Troops should shoot migrants who throw rocks,” said US President Trump, speaking of the caravans of migrants approaching the US-Mexico border and hoping to cross illegally. “Soldiers should treat stones ‘like rifles’.”
In spite of the enmity and hatred coming from Gaza, we do not want to adopt America’s solution. So how do we dig ourselves out of this hole. One dictionary meaning of this phrase is ‘to find a solution to a particularly difficult situation, especially one created by a mistake, misfortune, or ill judgment’.
Well, we can see how we got in the hole. We made a mistake in 2005 by unilaterally leaving Gaza without ensuring that a proper government was in place. It was certainly a misfortune that in 2007 violence erupted between Hamas and Fatah throughout Gaza and Hamas forcibly took over the Gaza Strip. As for ‘ill judgement’ the current situation shows that there was, although I am not sure what we could have done differently.
How do we get out? I don’t know, I’m not sure that anyone does.