At the end of yet another brutal week where Israelis were killed while praying, the lessons of Zionist hero Ze’ev Jabotinsky are relevant, as before there was a Jewish State he wrote:
It is very, very sad that Jews are compelled to learn to shoot. But we are compelled and it is useless to argue against the compulsion of historic reality. That compulsion says you may be well educated, you may learn to plow the land and to build houses, you may speak Hebrew… but if you do not at the same time know how to shoot there is no hope. That is the lesson of the reality of our time and that is the prospect for the lifetime of our children.
What Jabotinsky said in the 1930’s in Europe remains true today. So, too do the words of his former secretary, Ben-Zion Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel’s father who said in 2009: "The Holocaust didn't end. It continues all the time." The brutal images of Jews being killed at prayer this week in Jerusalem could have come from any other tragedy in Jewish history.
Ze’ev Jabotinsky noted,
Where it is a question of war you do not stand and ask questions as to what is "better,” whether to shoot or not to shoot. The only permissible question in such circumstances is on the contrary “what is worse” to let yourself be killed or enslaved without any resistance or to undertake resistance with all its horrible questions. For there is no “better” at all. Everything connected with war is bad, and cannot be “good.” When you shoot at enemy soldiers do not lie to yourself or persuade yourself that you are shooting at “guilty” ones. If you start calculating with what is “better” the calculation is very simple; if you want to be good let yourself be killed and renounce everything you would like to defend: home, country, freedom, hope. The blackest of all characteristics is the tradition of the cheapness of Jewish blood.
In the legendary essay “Ethics of the Iron Wall,” Jabotinsky, the father of the Likud Party wrote:
Human society is based on reciprocity. If you remove reciprocity, justice becomes a lie. A person walking somewhere on a street has the right to live only because and only to the extent that he acknowledges my right to live. But, if he wishes to kill me, to my mind he forfeits his right to exist – and this also applies to nations. Otherwise, the world would become a racing area for vicious predators, where not only the weakest would be devoured, but the best.
Danny Danon, a Likud Knesset Member said recently that “Israel must flex muscle to crush terrorists,” and this PR Agency owner joins all decent people in mourning the deaths of innocents in Jerusalem, Israel. Terrorism must be fought and challenged.
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