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Monday Mottoes – #239

Today is Israel’s 70th anniversary of modern statehood and the moving of the US Embassy there to their eternal capital, Jerusalem. I say “modern statehood” and “eternal capital” because Jerusalem first functioned as the capital of the Jewish people during the days of King David in around 1000 BC.

Which makes it older than Athens or Rome in the life of a nation.

So today, we have three quotes which celebrate the only democracy in the Middle East. We cut through all of the rhetoric, we blast through the Palestinians who claim that Israelis are attacking them, when really, the Palestinians are trying to break down barriers, borders and walls dividing the two, as they light Israeli fields with fire, launch suicide terror attacks, and dig tunnels into the Jewish homeland in order to maim men, women and children.

But the press reports them to be “unarmed” civilians.

Right.

Very little has been learned from history. Following WWII, when there were 16 million refugees and displaced persons, 600,000 Palestinians also received this designation. As Efraim Karsh of the Middle East Quarterly writes, this was a misplaced term since these were failed aggressors, not refugees. The “UNRWA received 110 times the funds for the 600,000 Palestinian refugees than the amount allocated for all other refugees throughout the world” (Karsh, May 14, 2018 – https://www.meforum.org/articles/2018/the-privileged-palestinian-refugees).

Meanwhile, Jews who were survivors of the Holocaust, and Jews who were immediately expelled from Arab lands upon the declaration of Israel’s statehood, had to be absorbed into tent cities by a nation less than a few weeks old and now under attack by five Arab armies….

The Palestinian welfare system supported by the UNRWA continues to this day, citing “internal refugees”, those who never fled their land and those who were failed aggressors against the fledgling Israel in 1948. These are not refugees and certainly don’t deserve 110 times the funds allocated for others. What about the uber-wealthy Arab nations in the region assisting them?

Enough. It’s time to celebrate Israel, the high-tech, start-up nation of the Middle East, one who is America’s friend and carries on an extraordinary amount of humanitarian work around the world, entirely disproportionate to its size, but depicting a heart which beats with the needs of those it can help via medical and relief teams mobilized at a moment’s notice.

Our first quote comes from American President John F. Kennedy:

“Israel was not created in order to disappear – Israel will endure and flourish.
It is the child of hope and the home of the brave.
It can neither be broken by adversity nor demoralized by success.
It carries the shield of democracy and it honors the sword of freedom.”
~John F. Kennedy, Former President of the United States

Our second quote comes from an American woman who was born in Russia, raised in Wisconsin and settled on a kibbutz in British Mandate Palestine with her American husband in her early twenties. Decades later, she became the fourth Prime Minister of Israel and said:

“We can forgive the Arabs for killing our children. We cannot forgive them for forcing us to kill their children… We will only have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more that they hate us.” – Golda Meir, Former Israeli Prime Minister

True, true, true.

Our third quote comes from the person who became Israel’s first Prime Minister, who read Israel’s Declaration of Independence on May 14, 1948, seventy years ago today. He led the nation during desperate times and against all odds to statehood:

“In Israel, in order to be a realist you must believe in miracles.” – David Ben-Gurion, first Prime Minister of Israel

Today is a day of miracles as Israel reaches 70. Congratulations, Israel, and happy Monday, everyone!

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