We Always Walk Alone

Driven by a vision of becoming a nation like all others, Zionists believed that global Jew-hatred would end once we, the Jewish people, returned to our ancestral lands and reestablished our state. They were wrong.

The Israeli flag flying over the fortress of Masada, 2000 years after the fall of our nation. (Photo - The Creative Commons)

“Behold it is a people that dwells alone, not reckoned among the nations.” (Num. 23:9)

The Pagan prophet, Bilaam, whose curse upon the people of Israel was Divinely transformed into a blessing, understood what the secular Zionists at the turn of the 20th century did not. Secular Zionists, driven by a vision of becoming a nation like all others, believed that global Jew-hatred would end once we, the Jewish people, returned to our ancestral lands and reestablished our state.

They were wrong.

We can never be like any other nation. Other nations can be multi-religious. Other religions can be multi-national. Whereas we are the only nation that is defined by our religion. Our nationhood was consecrated at Mount Sinai, upon receiving the Torah. For the Jewish people there is no separation between nation and faith. We cannot be one without the other. Nor can we fully observe the Torah without our land. The Jewish nation, the Torah, the land of Israel are all forever intertwined.

And since we can never be like other nations, Jew-hatred will never cease to exist. There may be phases of varying severity, but it will never disappear. It’s always there. If not blatant, just beneath a very thinly veiled surface.

Today, however, it is indeed blatant throughout Europe and the United States – from leftist government officials to academia, from college campuses to the UN, the masks are off. With this hatred, they effortlessly unite with the racist extremists on the right and the maniacal Jihadists. They share the same “cause”. Kill the Jew. Exterminate the Jew. Incinerate the Jew. Destroy Israel. From the river to the sea.

The most overwhelming voice of Jew-hatred stems from the Muslim world. They expertly utilize their ever-willing collaborators among the Europeans, experts themselves in Jew-hatred, and eager to fund the Palestinian Authority under the guise of humanitarianism. They know well that the money they send goes directly to the PA’s initiative to kill Jews and its endeavor to destroy Israel.

As in the past 1900 years, the world is consumed with Jew-hatred, incapable of progressing without its proverbial scapegoat. Although this psychotic hatred is in effect debilitating to themselves and to their people, imperiling their own advancement, they choose to cling to it, to feed it, and to wade in the manure of their loathsome beings.

While no Jew is safe from this hatred in the Diaspora, reestablishing our state in our ancestral land of Israel has inspired our haters to focus their immediate attention on the tiny enclave in the Middle East we call home. While the area of Israel is slightly over 20,000 square kilometers, the area of the Arab world measures at 11,352,502 square kilometers. Israel’s area is about 0.18% that of the Arab countries. But even that, is too much of a thorn to “the others”. There is no place on this earth small enough for the Jewish nation to be able to live in peace. Hence, blood libels against us surge, false narratives created by the Arab Muslims are voraciously devoured, our identity, our history erased by world bodies, and the International Court is steadfastly at the ready to take our people to task for having the temerity to defend our lives. In our world, we are denied the rights of “the others”.

The story is old but, alas, never wears thin. The pages are yellowed with age and rumpled with overuse, yet remains a favorite pursuit among our detractors.

The Jewish nation will always be alone. Assimilation, capitulation, bending over backwards to please “the others” has never improved our lot. Yet, today, after nearly 2000 years of persecution, we are witness to too many among us who try the same old useless approach, desperate to find favor in the eyes of “the others.”

This is not a whine or an exercise in bemoaning our plight. I am just stating the facts. Jew-hatred will never end. With few exceptions, it is in the DNA of the nations of the world.

Is there hope? No. Why would anyone believe that there is?

The only recourse left to the Jewish nation is to remain strong. Not only in military strength, but in the strength of our convictions. To be proud of who we are, and what we stand for. To embrace our heritage and appreciate that our indigenous roots are in our God-given land of Israel. To recognize the miracle of reestablishing the Jewish State of Israel after 1900 years of persecution, united in our Zionism, our heritage, our Torah and our peoplehood.

History has taught us well that we cannot rely on “the others” for our security. To those among us who chirp incessantly how it is far more dangerous in Israel, I say, if need be, I’d rather die as a proud Jew in my own land, the land of my forefathers, where I don’t have to hide my Jewishness and where our people’s defense is in Jewish hands, than die in the Jew-hating cesspool of the diaspora.

Our adversaries will make us bleed. They will use every means to rob us of our heritage. They will plot, conspire and employ all methods to destroy us. They will break us. Temporarily. For the outcome will always be the same until the end of days as we know it – We will rise up again. We will persevere. We will flourish. They simply can’t destroy us. It’s not in God’s plan.

You would think that the Jew-hating hordes of miscreants would finally get a clue. They don’t. They won’t.

We therefore must keep our eye on the ball. Ridding the world of Jew-hatred is not a realistic goal. Thriving in our God-given land is.

It is our destiny to dwell alone, and that’s okay. Because we are not like “the others”. That is a reality of our existence, one we must accept and not fight. But fight back against the Jew-haters, absolutely. With every last breath of our being.


Zahava Englard Shapiro is an Israeli based author and writes articles on Israel for several online publications

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  1. A Two Citizenships Solution vs. a Jewish-Arab State >>

    The number of Arabs and Jews living west of the Jordan River is approximately the same.
    Arab autonomy in Palestine exists for more than 20 years, on the territory of the Gaza Strip and in areas A and B. All Jews were expelled from there long ago.
    A two states solution is meaningless without changing citizenship of Israeli Arabs.
    Israeli Arabs obtained Israeli citizenship illegally and against international law.
    In 1952, Jews rashly presented the Arabs with Israeli citizenship.
    Unfortunately, Israel long ago became a bi-national , it’s an incubator for Arab people.
    Arabs hate Jewish state. This can lead to events such as those that occur in Syria.

    Jews will not survive in a bi-national state.
    Israel must stop to impose Israeli citizenship to the hostile nation.
    Immediately after the establishment of a new Arab state west of the Jordan River ( or return Jordanian rule ), the Arabs of Haifa, Nazareth, Lod, Galilee, Negev, Jerusalem etc. must become citizens of their new (old) state.
    If the Jews do not want to continue to live in a bi-national state, and within a generation become a minority in Israel, they must prepare for a referendum (as in Scotland) based on the UN resolution to divide Palestine for Jews and Arabs.

    Fatah-Hamas government requires land free of Jews.
    Therefore, Israeli demands are legitimate and forced:
    1. To divide National Insurance for Jews and Arabs, by forming the funds from taxes collected separately from Jews and Arabs.
    2. To employ only the Arabs, who will replace Israeli citizenship to the status of Israel’s residents.
    3. Deductions from wages ( income tax and health tax) of Arab residents to transfer to the Palestinian Authority , of course along with responsibility for health, education , jobs and pensions to all Arabs who wish to remain in Israel.

    It’s possible to separate from the Arabs according to law, as the Irish and the British, as the Czechs and the Slovaks or as the Greeks and the Turks in Cyprus . First to separate economically and then geographically.
    Palestinian-Jordanian citizenship to the Arabs, Israeli citizenship to the Jews.
    Two Nations – Two States – Two Citizenships !
    The only sustainable long term solution is:
    The Arabs should be ruled by the Arab administration and the Jews should be governed by the Jewish government.

  2. Psalms 144:1-8
    Blessed be the LORD, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle; he is my steadfast love and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield and he in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me. O LORD, what is man that you regard him, or the son of man that you think of him? Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow. Bow your heavens, O LORD, and come down! Touch the mountains so that they smoke! Flash forth the lightning and scatter them; send out your arrows and rout them! Stretch out your hand from on high; rescue me and deliver me from the many waters, from the hand of foreigners, whose mouths speak lies and whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood.

  3. I like walking alone especially when my cat comes with me for early morning walks here in city centre Jerusalem. We enjoy the quiet, the smells, the colours of the flowers and plants, the men on their way to Bet Knesset… the fresh new day blooming ahead rich with promises of wonderful new adventures.

    But then I have never ever believed the wishful thinking of misguided men who are certain there views of reality must be the truth and the only truth, because they say so.

    Torah says we are a nation apart, we are, get over it folks. Torah does not lie.

  4. Then will the LORD be jealous for his land, and pity his people.
    Joel 2:1-18
    1 Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand;

    2 A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations.

    3 A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.

    4 The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run.

    5 Like the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devoureth the stubble, as a strong people set in battle array.

    6 Before their face the people shall be much pained: all faces shall gather blackness.

    7 They shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like men of war; and they shall march every one on his ways, and they shall not break their ranks:

    8 Neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one in his path: and when they fall upon the sword, they shall not be wounded.

    9 They shall run to and fro in the city; they shall run upon the wall, they shall climb up upon the houses; they shall enter in at the windows like a thief.

    10 The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining:

    11 And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?

    12 Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:

    13 And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.

    14 Who knoweth if he will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind him; even a meat offering and a drink offering unto the LORD your God?

    15 Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly:

    16 Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet.

    17 Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O LORD, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God?

    18 Then will the LORD be jealous for his land, and pity his people.