Tuesday, January 13, 2009
by Shifra Hoffman
As the situation in Gaza becomes a flashpoint for worldwide media which true to form, portray Israel as the evil oppressors of the so-called 'palestinians' while ignoring the thousands of Israelis who were murdered or wounded in Arab terrorist attacks since the Oslo so-called 'peace' Agreement a recent directive was reportedly issued by the Foreign Ministry to launch a campaign aimed at changing Israel's image.
Presumably, the rationale for this public relations effort is an attempt to "win friends and influence nations" in order to stem the tide of universal condmemnation being levelled at the Israel Defense Forces for their long overdue and justified military incursion into Gaza.
Apparently, the age old worry, "ma yomru hagoyim" (what will the world say) is still alive and well in the 'sovereign 'Jewish State. Ironically, the Arab enemies have discovered the Achilles heel of the Jew and are utilizing it to their best public relations advantage .
In a classic example of the adage about the youth who killed his parents and then asked the court for mercy because he was now an orphan,the murderous Hamas terrorisss continue to bombard Sderet, Askelon , Be'er Sheva and other Israeli cities with non-stop Kassam rockets...while accusing Israel of violating their "human (read Haman) rights by closing the border and destroying tunnels from which weapons are smuggled to kill Jews.!
Predictably, the European Union , the United Nations and other such ostensible impartial observers" raised a hue and cry against what they declare is collective punishment of innocent civilians, despite Israel's inane decision to supply 'humanitarian aid' to the Gazan population in the midst of the Hamas onslaught.
Needless to say, in the jaundiced view of those condemning Israel, more than eight years of lobbing deadly missiles by Hamas against innocent Jewish civilians which has their lives a daily hell....does not constitute "collective punishment".
It is indeed high time to change Israel's image.
Enough of trying to placate , appease or explain to the world the actions deemed necessary for our survival. It seems the only Ministry lacking in the government of Israel is a" Ministry of Explanation"!
We, the Jewish people who wandered the fact of the Earth for two millenia, suffering untold persecution in Crusades, Inquisitions, Pogroms and the unspeakable HOLOCAUST...until with G-D'S help, we returned to rebuild our ancient and reborn homeland, ...OWE THE WORLD NOTHING!!!
Instead of attempting to influence nations who are, at best, indifferent, and at worst hostile to our existence, Jews must once again embark upon the tried and true TORAH RAOD MAP to win favor in the eyes of the AL-MIGHTY upon whom our survival depends.
In the timeless wisdom of the great Psalmist, King David,
"Oh L-RD in Thee I do Trust...Let Not My Enemies Triumph Over
Me" (TEHILLIM...PSALM 25)
(Shifra Hoffman is a noted journalist, Founder of the VICTIMS OF
ARAB TERROR INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION (VAT) and
Exec. Director of SHUVA (Return) The Israel Emergency Aliyah
She can be contacted at email: email@example.com