The Jerusalem Quandary
I have often wondered why it is such a tiny nation as
David Ben-Gurion went on the radio and said, “Two thousand years of wandering have come to an end.”
For a relatively new nation, it has held the attention of the world from the day it was reborn in the sweat and blood of Jews seeking a place where being Jewish was normal, accepted, unexceptional.
To gain an extraordinary insight, I recommend you read Rich Cohen’s Israel is Real: An Obsessive Quest to Understand the Jewish Nation and its History ($26.00, Farrar, Straus and Giroux), possibly one of the best books I have read in decades about the astonishing history of Israel from its earliest to the present times. It is filled with stories of the people who built the First Temple and, after the destruction of the Second Temple, as Cohen says, “turned the Temple into a book”, praying for the next two millennia, “Next year in Jerusalem.”
The real Jews and real
The quandary of
What the original Zionists discovered was that Israel, called Palestine at the time because of the British mandate over it, was not “a land without people for a people without a land” or that its history ended after the Jews were driven out by the Romans to become the Diaspora living among other nations.
As Cohen notes, “The Zionist ideology was beautiful, but for the pioneers to fulfill it, the Arabs could not exist.” They did, however, exist. The quandary, the conundrum of Jerusalem and of Israel is that the dynamics of demography, of birth statistics, put the existence of the Jewish state at risk. The Arabs were there. The Arabs are there.
The problem is exacerbated by the fact that the Arabs did not wish to yield an inch of the land in 1948 and do not wish to do so now. Many do not want a “two-state solution.” Some of them want what the Nazis called “the final solution.”
For the early pioneers of
The Holocaust, however, was more like the fulfillment of the hope of anti-Semites, the extermination of Jews from the Earth. It has something to do with the role Jews have played in relationship to the one God to whom three major faiths lay claim. The Jews are happy to share their God with others, but insist that some rules be obeyed in the process.
Jews living in
Before and since Israel’s founding, many made “aliyah” (return), and some fifteen percent of them are American-born. Since 1967, following a decisive war, more than two hundred Jewish settlements have been built in what are referred to as the territories. In 2005, seeking to exchange land for peace, Israelis were forced to leave
Until now, American Presidents have been friendly to
There will be no peace deal, and the Jews of Jerusalem and Israel will continue to lay claim to their nation. They have built a nation, but in doing so, they have transformed themselves, often in ways even they don’t like.
The fly in the ointment is
The new generation of Iranians protesting in the streets has to hurry up and remove the evil mullahs and ayatollahs holding their ancient nation back from its full potential, from freedom.
Statement of Policy.
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