When Israel celebrates 71 years of restored Jewish national independence, it bows its head to the 23,741 Israelis who have been killed in action defending the national freedom of the Jewish people. While the price is high, the price of lacking Jewish national freedom was always incomparably higher.
The memory of the Shoah cries out to the present generation not to take its military and political abilities for granted – and to be willing to use those abilities against those who wish for the Jewish people to be destroyed.
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.
Many American Jews may feel fondness for Israel but do not respect the people of Israel to determine what is good for Israel themselves. They discount the Israeli perspective and do not fully appreciate Israeli democracy.
Before the establishment of Israel, the destiny of millions of Jews was decided by the whims of Christian Europe and the Muslim world. What has changed dramatically is that today there is a powerful Jewish state.
She was the Iron Lady of the Zionist Movement, whom all looked up to. Yet she put her faith in the men around her, leading to the hardest week of her life. Remembering Golda Meir on the 45th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War.
Beyond a nearly universal approval of Israel’s existence, Jews outside of Israel have to reconcile Israel’s political necessities and national interests with those of their home nation, very often putting them at odds.
Despite many challenges, Israelis seem more content with their lives than most people in the world, including most Western countries. While the Jewish state cherishes its past, it is firmly focused on the future.
Opponents of Israel, including many of its Arab citizens, defiantly wave the PLO flag, yet have no idea what it actually symbolizes and that it has served many other Arab causes. The origins and history of a false flag.
Many who recognize the legitimacy of Jewish national rights in the Land of Israel are troubled by the new Basic Law. A look at the background and some of the facts about the law that are misrepresented.