Saturday, February 28, 2009

History's Eternal Scapegoat



by Shifra Hoffman

Along with millions of people worldwide, I followed the recent
ceremony of Barack Hussein Obama here in JERUSALEM, as he
became the first black president of the United States. Despite
the exhuberant optimism of his admittedly powerful address
in which Obama stated that under his leadership America would
become a friend to all nations, I have an eerie feeling his new
administration will not bode well for the State of Israel.

This ominous premonition was furthr strenghtened as Obama
reiterated his oft repeated pledge to mend America's relationship
with the Arab world. Ironically, following the Washington
inaugration ceremony which empowered him as leader of the free
world, the consensus of opinion amoung Israeli politicians and
news analysts seems to be that the Obama presidency will be
"good for Israel!"

One hardly knows whether to laugh or cry. After every American
election, the same scenario repeats itself as the "sovereign"
Jewish state anxiously awaits signs of reasurrance from the newly
elected occupant of the White House indicating he will be a true
friend of Israel. Unfortunately, experience has shown that which
French philospher Jean Paul Stare so astutely observed "Jews
have no passionate friends, only passionate enemies."

Israel has consistenly ignored tell-tale signs concerning the
much-touted 'special relationship' with America, which has been
steadily eroding. The neurotic fear of being abandoned by "our
only ally" has resulted in years of almost total capitulation to
American demands that are often detrimental to the vital
interests and the very survival of the Jewish homeland. A graphic
example in the long list of masochistic decisions by successive
Israeli governments that have weakened the country, is Ehud
Olmert's inane act of calling a halt to Operation Cast Lead and
withdrawing the Israel Defense Forces from Gaza without fully
defeating the Hamas murderous terrorists! Reportedly, this was
done so as not to have the war detract from Barack Obama's
presidential inauguration!

And just what are the consequences of Israel's shameful
subsurvient action to curry favor with the United States in
particular, and the world in general? Instead of receiving
stalwart support for its long verdue incursion into Gaza to stop
Hamas' barrage of deady rockets and Kassams that for years have
made life a living hell for countless innocent Jewish men, women
and children Israel is almost universally condemned for its
"inappropriate response"! Needless to say, as nation after nation
continues to excoriate Israel's "inappropriate response",
the thousands of Jewishs civilians who have been murdered and
wounded in bus bombings, stabbings, shootings, stonings and
other nefarious Arab terrorist attacks since the Oslo so-called
"peace agreement", are ignored and all but forgotten! The more
Israel "bends the knee" and prostrates itself to do the bidding of
America, or attempts to assuage global opinion... the more it
becomes a pariah throughout the world.

It is high time for the Jewish people to reject the role of being
history's eternal scapegoat!

Let us now stand proudly without the ubiquitous apologies and
explanations to do what must be done in defense of Eretz Yisael
and the Jewish people! With faith in the AL-MIGHTY, let us
return to the role for which HE has chosen be a light
unto the nations! In the timeless words of King David,
"In Thee, O L-RD do I put my trust; let not my enemies triumph
over me" (Psalms 25)