Thankfully yesterday, the holy rockets of the Israel Defense Forces hit 29 terror sites in Gaza. This came in direct response to multiple rocket attacks against civilian targets inside Israel proper over the past few days. When Israel is attacked, there must be a strong response.
For the last four thousand years, Jews have been attacked – and these days are no different. While Arabs fire missiles from Gaza, anti-Semites talk about boycotting Israeli products – while 120,000 people have been killed in a civil war in Syria and it’s ignored — if teenagers fight in Jerusalem it’s world headlines. It won’t be long before Israel is condemned for defending itself – yet, the poor-oppressed Syrians, Cubans, Chinese and others will be ignored. And while we hear constant clamoring about the “West Bank,” there was no “occupied territories” in 1948 or 1967, when the Arabs attacked Israel. And today, rest assured the Arabs want all of Israel.
The State of Israel is safe because there is a Jewish army which is dedicated to allowing the people of Israel to sleep safely. As the prayer for the Israel Defense Forces reads,
May He Who blessed our forefathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob — may He bless the fighters of the Israel Defense Forces, who stand guard over our land and the cities of our God, from the border of the Lebanon to the desert of Egypt, and from the Great Sea unto the approach of the Aravah, on the land, in the air, and on the sea. May the Almighty cause the enemies who rise up against us to be struck down before them. May the Holy One, Blessed is He, preserve and rescue our fighters from every trouble and distress and from every plague and illness, and may He send blessing and success in their every endeavor. May He lead our enemies under our soldiers’ sway and may He grant them salvation and crown them with victory. And may there be fulfilled for them the verse: For it is the Lord your God, Who goes with you to battle your enemies for you to save you.
Ze’ev Jabotinsky was a Revisionist Zionist leader, author, soldier, and founder of the Jewish Self-Defense Organization who spoke of situations like this where Israel must protect themselves, and as he said,
We were not created in order to teach morals and manners to our enemies. Let them learn these things for themselves. We want to hit back at anybody who harms us. Whoever does not repay a blow by a blow is also incapable of repaying a good deed in kind. The Latin proverb says “of two evils choose the lesser.” When we are in a position where – through no fault of our own – physical force dominates, only one question can be asked: what is worse? To continue watching Jews being killed and the conviction grows that our lives our cheap, and among the whole world that we are spineless? … [T]he blackest of all characteristics is the tradition of the cheapness of Jewish blood, on the shedding of which there is no prohibition and for which you do not pay.
[The Jew] is everywhere in reach; he can be pointed out at any street corner; and he can be insulted or assaulted with only the minimum of risk, or with none at all. … [O]ne permanent assignment that is entrusted to each of us, old and young, men and women, educated and ignorant, as a group and as individuals; this assignment is the defense of our people’s honor. …It is always aimed at us, and we must respond. We must end this abuse of ourselves, at all costs. And it is very easy. They spit in our faces without fear, “in passing,” for no reason – not because our insulters are blessed with courage and want to pick a fight with us, but because this pleasure is so cheap for them: they will spit at us and go on their way, and nothing will happen. We must accustom them to the thought that from now on this pleasure will come at a hefty cost. A new commandment must enter our hearts: that even where there is only one Jew, the word “Zhid” must not be heard without response.
Wise people will come and try to dissuade us – But it is not our purpose to win in every single incident. Our objective – to create about us the belief that a slur on our national feelings is no longer what it once was, a small diversion free of cost – but will rather, with an absolute certainty and a mathematical precision, result in a sharp and unpleasant confrontation.
As Prime Minister Netanyahu has said, “The truth is that if Israel were to put down its arms there would be no more Israel. If the Arabs were to put down their arms there would be no more war.”
The holy Israeli army protects all of the Jewish people – and fights the war for Jewish existence every single day. Hatred of the Jewish people remains. Israel is a source of greatness – and the Israel Defense Forces ensures the future and security of the State of Israel against anyone who seeks to harm the people of Israel.
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