Get Used to It: Israel Is Here to Stay

Some time back, a friend of mine was urging diaspora Jews to visit Israel a.s.a.p. for, according to her lights, the future for the Jewish state was foreclosing fast. In five more years, she feared, Israel would no longer be here. More than five years have passed since that dire prophecy and Israel is not only still among the living but is experiencing a surge of technological and entrepreneurial prosperity that few other countries in the West can lay claim to.

More recently, Henry Kissinger, whose putative wisdom can scarcely be differentiated from advancing senility, opined that “In ten years, there will be no more Israel.” It is far more likely that in ten years, there may be no more Henry Kissinger.

This is not to suggest that Israel does not have powerful and dedicated enemies. Practically every Muslim state or entity on the planet harbors a deep, ineradicable desire for Israel’s destruction—with the exception of those whose survival, despite their revanchist rhetoric, depends on Israeli vigilance, such as Jordan and the Palestinian Authority. It is no secret that Iran is racing toward its own version of the “final solution” as it spins both the centrifuges and the narrative that nuclear enrichment is intended for peaceful purposes. It is also no secret that President Barack Obama wishes to see Israel reduced to its indefensible pre-1967 borders—which diplomat Abba Eban correctly dubbed the “Auschwitz borders”—in which case Israel might realistically cease to exist in less than five years.

Moreover, the international Left has long had it in for what it regards as a Zionist gadfly that has the temerity to assert a strong sense of national purpose in opposition to the post-democratic utopian doctrine of transnational progressivism and the chutzpah to resist the encroachment of the Left’s Islamic friends and allies. Many of the Protestant churches are busy divesting from companies that do business with Israel on the meretricious grounds that it is an apartheid state; indeed, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has added his authority to this latest cargo of anti-Israeli archrubbish, asserting that the Israeli security fence, built “ostensibly for keeping out the terrorists,” is contributing to the decline of the Christian community in the Holy Land” (italics mine). The mainstream media have done their utmost to render Israel a pariah state—“render” in both senses of the term—as has the corrupt and partisan United Nations. And then, of course, there is the rump Israeli Left, the so-called “peace parties,” the foreign funded NGOs, the activist Supreme Court, and the brain-dead academics that inhabit the festering swamps of institutional decrepitude like Ben-Gurion University, all of whom will not rest content until Henry Kissinger is proven right.

This is a formidable axis of annihilationist forces that even a superpower might regard with trepidation. Additionally, Israel has made many crucial mistakes, such as being signatory to the Oslo Accords, which led to the repatriation and the terrorist initiatives of Yasser Arafat, the surrendering of the oil-rich and buffering Sinai Peninsula in the interests of a cold peace with Egypt that is now being piecemeal abrogated, and the disengagement from Lebanon and Gaza which resulted in over 10,000 rockets being launched against its civilian communities.

Nevertheless, Israel is a tough, resilient and indefatigable little nation, able to withstand adversity and capable of triumphing in the long run. Admittedly, it must show more resolve in countering the subversive elements within its own population, for the gravest threat to the integrity of the Jewish state is its own fifth column. Israel’s democracy has been remarkably flexible in accommodating those who work against its sovereignty and strength; yet the political direction of the country has been gradually but tenaciously shifting toward a more realistic stance regarding the dissident agenda of its internal assailants. Indeed, Israel has the extraordinary capacity to survive itself, a considerable accomplishment when compared to the interior divisions afflicting most Western nations whose geopolitical situations are far less critical.

Given its miraculous survival against all the odds since it first came into existence in 1948, one might almost believe that it is presided over by the God of the Old Testament, as in fact many do. This may or may not be the case—one can never rule out the sporadic and unpredictable intervention of Hashem in the affairs of man—but the country’s perdurance is clearly owing to the sacrificial courage, devotion and intelligence of the majority of its people: a community that, for all its backsliders, credentialed imbeciles and manifest traitors, is like none other on earth.

For it is almost inconceivable that a few million citizens of a newly established nation could successfully resist the military onslaught of vastly larger armies time and again. It must also contend against the enmity of its nominal allies in the West, the propaganda campaigns of the world’s major NGOs and opinion-forming bodies, the lies and slanders of the political and media elites, the ignorance of multitudes, and the specter of daily terror. It is equally inconceivable that this same beleaguered nation could at the same time become one of the world’s leading innovators in science, technology, medicine and agriculture, offering benefits to mankind out of all proportion to its numbers and circumstances—while reaping, for the most part, resentment, envy and violence.

For some, the continued existence of Israel is a sign of divine solicitude; for others, of human fortitude, hope and commitment at its most incandescent. But whatever the reason for this rarest of phenomena, the emergence of the theoretically impossible, it is a safe bet that Israel will still be around when its adversaries and detractors have succumbed to their own contradictions and dilemmas. Get used to it. Israel is here to stay.

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  • Chezwick

    I appreciate the sentiments expressed by Mr Solway in this article. But if I've accrued a little wisdom in my 50-some years, it is that NOTHING in this life is a given. Israel's survival is imperiled not just by her internal and external enemies as David explains, but also by demographics…and by the drift, the softness, and the self-centeredness that inevitably accompanies the acquisition of material wealth.

    Israel is a beacon of enlightenment in an appallingly unenlightened region. I hope she exists for every bit as long as planet Earth does….but I take nothing for granted.

    • Kenneth Mathews

      Chezwick says “But if I’ve accrued a little wisdom in my 50-some years, it is that NOTHING in this life is a given.” – your “wisdom” is foolishness. Below is true wisdom:

      “The grass withers and the flowers fall,
      but the word of our God endures forever.”
      -Isaiah 40:8

      Amos 9:14-15
      I will bring back my exiled people Israel; they will rebuild the ruined cities and live in them. They will plant vineyards and drink their wine; they will make gardens and eat their fruit. I will plant Israel in their own land, NEVER AGAIN TO BE UPROOTED FROM THE LAND I have given them,” says the Lord your God.

      Ezekiel 34:13
      I will bring them out from the nations and gather them from the countries, and I will bring them into their own land. I will pasture them on the mountains of Israel, in the ravines and in all the SETTLEMENTS in the land.

      Deuteronomy 30:3-5
      then the Lord your God will restore your fortunes and have compassion on you and gather you again from all the nations where he scattered you. Even if you have been banished to the most distant land under the heavens, from there the Lord your God will gather you and bring you back. He will bring you TO THE LAND THAT BELONGED TO YOUR FATHERS, and YOU WILL TAKE POSSESSION of it. He will make you MORE PROSPEROUS AND NUMEROUS than your fathers.

      “The grass withers and the flowers fall,
      but the word of our God endures forever.”
      -Isaiah 40:8

      The God of Israel fufilling his promises is a GIVEN!

      • Chezwick

        Well friend, I won't stoop to referring to your wisdom as "foolishness", the way you have referred to mine. I'll try to take the high road.

    • PaulRevereNow

      You are a wise and compassionate man, sir. I, too, hope for Israel's long and continued existence; while acknowledging the many factors working against it.

  • Larry

    Greetings, schlocky, happy eternal nakba.

    That out of the way, any civilized person and nation should not only be hoping for the survival of Israel, but doing what ever they can to ensure it.

  • devdeep

    Israel is a beacon of hope in the lawless middle east…a country that is just and democratic…long live Israel, long live India, long live US

  • Mike

    Israel is a prophecy fulfilled by God himself. He said he would bring the jews back to their own homeland and they would prosper while being surrounded by their enemies. The book of Daniel also gives the year of their return, 1948 if you care to do the math. We have an amazing God who knows the beginning from the end. I think the next big event on God's calendar will be either the war of Psalms 83 or Ezekiel 38-39 in which the enemies of Israel will be defeated. We are living in exciting times indeed!

  • Michael Garfinkel

    Credentialing "imbeciles and manifest traitors" is a conceit that Israel can no longer afford. Israel is a lot of wonderful things, but it is also a "one bomb country."

  • SHmuel HaLevi

    Without a doubt the intents to destroy the State of Israel are growing without solution of continuity and everyone knows who are the drivers. Internal ones have been known for decades and external enemies that are solidly linked to the internal cadres.
    To some extent the tide originated by former Jews, unJews, is being stopped. Yet they count with the massive help given to them by the present US administration. One such key figure is here to "help" a sinister aggregate of internal enemies organize to harm all of us. Mr. Greenberg, who is part of the Obama team and who organized the local styled "occupy" activities in the past. Apparently with Mr. Soros help as well.
    Elections here are usually of no consequence because the Peresites remain up there no matter what.
    Basically then, the next three months will prove critical to both the US and Israel.

  • Armando

    The first haters of Israel were the ancient Egyptians. Where are they now? Today's Egypt is Arab for the most part and they have as much connection to ancient Egypt as do white, black and asian americans have to the Americas. Then came the Assyrians and the Babylonians and the Persians and the Greeks(the Ptolemies the Seleucids) and the Romans, where have they all gone? Then came the inquisitions and the pogroms and lastly, the holocaust. Only a Supreme being must be watching over them and has saved them from historical oblivion. Israel lives forever!

    • Chiggles

      Still plenty of Persians and Greeks. Too bad the former have been reduced, mostly, to being demi-Arabs.

  • Marty

    I visit Israel frequently for personal and professional reasons. There is a remarkable dynamic in that country that is rarely in evidence anywhere else. It is no wonder that sociopaths in tehran and cairo despise Israelis: they are everything arabs and most muslims are unable or unwilling to be – energetic, hard working, democratic, creative and productive in the arts and sciences. No wonder totalitarian regimes want to destroy such a remarkable society. Israel is a constant reminder of how these inbred, superstitious, and paranoid sloths cannot leave the dark ages they became trapped in a millenium ago.

    • Armando

      Yes Marty! It is out of sheer envy and jealousy that they wish to destroy Israel/Jewish people. Look what the Jewish world has contributed to mankind in every sphere. They hardly amount to 0.2 percent of the world's population and yet are more than 20 percent of Nobel leaureates, while the arab/muslim world, contrary to what the US president claims, have caused mostly destruction of ancient great cultures. Their so-called contributions in the sciences in the past were really borrowed from the people they conquered. As an example, the arabic numerals were not invented by them they were taken from pre-islamic Indian mathematicians.

      • randy

        Don,t fotget to throw in how the christians stole or conquered north america from the natives

        • objectivefactsmatter

          "Don,t fotget to throw in how the christians stole or conquered north america from the natives"

          If that lie doesn't work, they then try plan b, which is the claim that Columbus was Muslim (not joking).

  • pierce

    Let us all hope that Mitt Romney is the next inhabitant on Pennsylvania Ave, i.e. The White House. He will provide Israel with the the backing it deserves and needs. President Obama has thrown Israel to the wolves.
    Unfortunately, Iran and Mr Ab, are the next Germany and Hitler of the 21st Century, and we don't need or want that to evolve.

  • Western Spirit

    Israel reminds me of my Jewish husband who was tough, bright and unsinkable. It's here to stay because it is a miracle that it exists at all, a God based nation that hasn't even begun to shine as it is destined to.

    • Marvin Fox

      Marvin Fox

  • Moishe Pupick

    W., 10/24/12 common era

    The current State of Israel consists of only about 10% of the Land promised by G-d to Avraham and to his descendants forever. "From the Nile to the Euphrates"– That should be noted by all of the G-d haters and Jew haters on the planet.

  • evy

    "Get Used to It: Israel Is Here to Stay"—Fact. I LOVE the title.
    "Thus saith the LORD, which giveth the sun for a light by day, [and] the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The LORD of hosts [is] his name: If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the LORD, [then] the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever." Jeremiah 31:35 (KJV1611, Authorized).
    It is so restful just to believe God.

    • intrcptr2

      Amen, and Amen!!

      Where is George Babbitt?

      • objectivefactsmatter

        "Where is George Babbitt?"

        Imaging he won the last round of arguments he lost.

  • Choi

    ISRAEL WILL CONTINUE TO EXIST,but those who seek her DESTRUCTION may not.
    Does anybody ,especially the Jihadists,including Iran,believe that they can kill Israel and continue on their merry way.
    NO WAY!
    Israel isn't getting on the cattle cars to Death Camps.
    Those who act for Israel's Destruction will find themselves DESTROYED.
    The Jews LEARNED their Historical Lessons and the price of attempting a 2nd Holocaust,will be the DESTRUCTION of those who try.

    • Michael

      Unfortunately,the majority fat brain,suicidal American Jews learned nothing!

  • Schlomotion

    This is one of the few articles on Frontpage that is well-written and does not expressly lie about somebody. Rarely is a pro-Israel attitude expressed in this particular way. I don't agree with every part of it, particularly the borders issue and who is responsible for Israel being a pariah, but it is cogently written, honest opinion, and for that reason agreeable.

    • KarshiKhanabad

      "Those who bless the Jews, them shall I also bless, but those who curse the Jews, them shall I surely curse!"

      Schlocky, you're not fooling anyone. You and Nakkie go eat cheese together. Worthless bastards!

  • Elliott

    Hail fellow mortals!
    Did you see that??
    "Schlo" has hit rock bottom; he's actually said something worth reading.
    Way to go "Schlo".
    P.S. "Schlo" have you overcome your fears yet?
    Can you tell us who you really are.
    You know – at least first name and on which State / Country you reside??
    Or, as I suspect, are you a fifth-columnist resident in Israel?????

    • Schlomotion

      I already have, a bunch of times.

  • Elliott

    I live in Israel, by the way/

  • Ghostwriter

    I'm amazed that Schlomotion ACTUALLY said something nice about Israel! This Jew hating beast deserves to be condemned for his past statements. This jerk actually said something nice for once. We should enjoy this while we can.

    • jose

      Shush he's jewish how ya like dat!

  • jose

    Barack obama's tacktic with Iran in my opinion is to delay until they can nuke Israel, and all her inhabitants.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "Barack obama's tacktic with Iran in my opinion is to delay until they can nuke Israel, and all her inhabitants."

      This sounds extreme, but you're actually correct. This will give him the "oops" opportunity for the real capitulation he has planned to move the USA back from its position as military and cultural hegemon of the world. The thing is, he actually believes all of the leftist lies about "colonialism" and racism he's been fed. In his mind, the USA is the world's only bully and the only reason wars ever occur in the first place.

      It makes you wonder just how much history those leftists even study, but basically the world starts with "The Christians and Jews created this book of lies called the Bible that almost led to world destruction, and without it (and them), we can fulfill Karl Marx's dreams and live in peace and harmony…"

  • PaulRevereNow

    Why has Israel survived for 65 years? Probably because it is a close-knit country; most people there know one another. This spirit of the common good–something that has waned badly in America lately. One can see this spirit in the short young woman in McDonald's, in Jerusalem, wearing the gray uniform of the border patrol, with an AK-47, nearly as big as she is, strapped to her shoulder. Or in the JNF's planting of 300,000,000 trees in Israel; or in the extreme loyalty of the Druze. But certainly not because of anything Henry Kissinger did. Ol' Henry did everything he could to deny arms shipments to Israel, during the crisis of the Yom Kippur war; when he disappeared and couldn't be found, for several days. If it hadn't been for Alexander Haig….

  • Marvin Fox

    Israel is standing in the hand of God. Nothing will shake it out.
    Marvin E. Fox

  • Terry

    My only hope is that if Israel is once more at war with its surrounding enemies, this time let Israel finish the job. No more early ceasefires to save the islamic cockroaches from humiliation. Destroy them and wipe them out till they agree to burn their meinkorans, kill their mad mullahs and join civilisation. There is no pretty way to stop arab/islamic hatred. Like the nazis before them, their ringleaders must be driven into the ground and totally destroyed.

  • george

    this fight has been going on isaac and ismael and the “CREATOR” chose isaac !!! , so Israel will allways be there no matter what the arabs do !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Edisa

    Modern Israel is a miracle. God promised about 2700 years ago, in Isaiah 11:11-12 that He would "again recover the SECOND TIME with His hand the remnant of His people who will remain from Assyria, Egypt, Pathros, Cush, Elam, Shinar, Hamath, and from the islands of the sea, and He will lift up a standard for the nations and assemble the banished ones of Israel, and will gather the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth." One of the ideas God wanted to impress upon other nations from the first return of Israel to the land after Babylonian exile is in Isaiah 4814-15–"Surely God is with you, and there is none else, no other God. Truly You are a God who hides Himself, O God of Israel, Savior!" The chapter continues with God's desire for everyone to turn to Him from the whole world. We can consider His same purpose now. He promises in Isaiah 49:14-17 to never forget Zion. In Isaiah 45:17 He promises an everlasting salvation to Israel. One thing all the nations of the earth need to know is that Israel's God is the real God. The prophetic scriptures are not easy to read and understand, but they contain extremely important truths. When a precise promise comes true after 2700 years, against all odds, it demands consideration.

  • guest

    The likelihood of Israel's survival is very low. Egypt will become a new Iran, for one thing. And much bigger powers, such as Russia and China, are hostile, though Israel doesn't realize it. And they develop technology that we can't match. They can spy on our open societies, and obtain our military tech, but we can't get theirs.

    • gidman

      I'll add to that the fact that Turkey, a formidable power, is going Islamist, and is very anti-Israel. There will be a perfect storm.
      Personally, I found out about tech weapons when I was attacked for years, by a mafia that uses drugs on people. They can spray you with a drug on a train, knock you out, copy your keys or your laptop, etc. before you come to. They have drugs that do other things as well. They are using these weapons right under the noses of our law-enforcement. Oh, and they are anti-Semitic.

  • gidman2

    On top of that, the demographic trends in Europe mean that Moslems will cast deciding votes in many countries in the near future, and in the not so far future, Europe will become a hostile continent.
    Moslem immigration to the US is also picking up speed, with amazing numbers coming every month already.
    And without the US, Israel is just a little stretch of desert against the world.

  • DansDaMan

    The "miracle" is much greater than the writer describes. He omitted the rich American Jews who are today reprising the role played by their counterparts in the late 30s and 40s.