Rosh Hashana 5776. The New Year is a time when one tends to look back on the year that has passed, take note of one’s mistakes and transgressions (usually unintended) as well as one’s achievements (hopefully more plentiful than the former) and try to look forward to improving on it all in the new chance we are given at starting afresh. So I figure this is a pretty good time to try and figure out from whence I have come this year, to where I am headed (if I dare) and admit that regarding all things atomic, I’m pretty clueless.
The last year began mourning the physical, emotional, psychological losses following a war-torn summer. This year our community has recuperated, regrouped, re-strengthened and grown. And while it is quieter than it was, it is still not tranquil as it could / should be. In fact, my windows JUST shook from some explosion, the likes of which I have not heard here in a very long time, and no one can convince me that it is what we sometimes hear from Egypt (it was WAY too close) nor a sonic boom (WTF ! Since when do the IAF carry on with training sessions on Rosh Hashana?!)
And then, hovering over us, like a cloud that won’t budge to let the sun in, is this looming Iran Deal. I know I should have an opinion about it – but honestly – I haven’t a clue. In Hebrew, we ask: “Is it good for the Jews, or bad for the Jews?”. Only here, it seems to be an issue with far wider global repercussions.
I try to write only about what I have a reasonably confident understanding, but here, I find myself at a total loss in solidifying an opinion. After listening to different takes on both sides of this controversy: opinions of people whose assessments I trust and respect, I honestly remain perplexed and extremely perturbed.
It scares me that the doom-predictors speak so strongly against this deal. And, although “oops” when in my hairstylist’s chair or with my dentist’s drill in my mouth, is usually the LAST thing I ever want to hear, the feasibility of finding ourselves in an “oops” situation 15 years down the road, thanks to guidelines not being respected, or an unexpectedly high uranium reserve that just happened to be “discovered” nearby (oh.. hang on … that just happened a few DAYS ago! EEKS!!!) scares all senses out of me. We, in Israel, are asked (and expected) to put our whole and total trust into the hands of the American negotiators, and President Barak Obama, and believe with total faith that this is the only solution. What if this, too, turns out to be an “oops” situation!? The stakes seem so petrifyingly high!
Although I didn’t vote Bibi, my instincts to “trust the system”, which includes not only those leaders in the majority rule, but, in our democracy, the numerous and vociferous opposition opinions, usually enable me to feel that our country, our people, are in good hands. But most of those who declare that they serve us in our government, seem to be highly dissatisfied (at the very least) with this pending accord.
So as we usher 5776 into a culture where no one in power seems to be putting forth an actual plan (neither regarding Gaza NOR the dissatisfaction with the Iran Deal) and even falafels go atomic, could someone PLEASE explain to me why this deal is really good / disastrous / cataclysmic for me here in Israel?
Ron Dermer’s speech sounds very dire. (As if we aren’t surrounded by enough threats here in our little corner of the world…. and … do we REALLY need this one?) On the other hand, Bradley Burston, whose opinion I trust, believes exactly the opposite.
Are any of you as worried as I am? Or are you reasonably satisfied that this deal is better than NO deal? Please tell me your thoughts.