Sunday, September 23, 2012

The High Holidays and Israel

As we are in the midsts of the highest, most spiritual days on the Jewish calendar, days of retrospection and repentance, Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur, I would be remiss if I didn't post something.

The longer I go without posting on Supporting Our Israel, the harder it becomes to write again. Whether right or wrong, I have had to put the site on the side. I would like to say that it is no more and that I will be returning to posting often. I fervently pray that this is the case (which is actually true, I did insert some type of prayer for my renewed attention to this project.) I have no answers on the matter, only to say I have so much to write about, and when I do, you will see the old Simon back, with new articles, showing the positive sides of Israel and their place in the world, but also a side which I wasn't sure if I wanted to bring out.

As many of my friends and family know, world events are an obsession of mine. More pointedly, how they are to affect the United States and Israel. My iPhone has email after email, RSS feed after RSS feed, apps and bookmarks of everything from Arutz 7 to Haaretz, Fox News to CNN, and things I should say I am ashamed to read as a lover of Israel, like +972 Magazine.

Since my last post, I have been watching in awe and amazement, good and bad, at the events unfolding worldwide. Iran is closer than ever to becoming a nuclear monster, President Obama is up for reelection and I seriously doubt if he'll pull it off. A US Ambassador was murdered by Muslims and barely a sigh of aggravation was let out from the administration or Mitt Romney. The so called Arab Springs have turned the heat into Arab Summers, sweltering to every country, while the leaders and funders, Iran, would like to make the infidel countries experience the Arab/Nuclear Winter. The President of the United States has repeatedly made a fool of the the Prime Minister of Israel, the only ally in the region, at the same time, pandering to the animals still running amok in the World, angry at nothing other than the rest of the world isn't Muslim.

On the flip side, even though Israel brought home nothing in the Olympics, Jews around the world were proud to see Israel walk with their heads held high through the 1972/2012 Munich Controversy. Our little country remains strong on the forefront of Medical development in the world, working tirelessly to treat all diseases and maladies.

I have seen a few friends make Aliyah, which brings a happy and healthy jealousy into my life. My own brother, who made aliyah a few years ago, tells me that Israel is THE place to be. Yet, we have seen some of the giants of the Jewish religion, HaRav HaGaon Yosef Shalom Eliyashiv ztz"l, HaRav HaGaon Pinchas Sheinberg ztz"l, HaRav HaGaon Nosson Tzvi Finkel ztz"l and many others, be called to the heavenly Beis Medrash.

The year has had tremendous ups and downs. For myself, my family and friends and for the Jewish nation as a whole and as we come upon Yom Kippur, the Day of Repentance, it is important for all of us, yes, myself included, to look deep down. What can we change to better ourselves? How can we bring more positive "vibes" into the world? Maybe some more charity can be given or we can begin to stop slandering others.

We are coming upon some very perilous times in this world. The least we can do is to strengthen our resolve. We can strengthen our unity and work together to defeat the evil in this world to make it safe for us all.

I wish you all a G'mar Chatima Tova, a Gut Gebentche Yuhr, Shana Tova. I look forward to striking up a discussion with all of my readers again, soon.

Simon


Monday, March 12, 2012

Sitting and Waiting

As of late, it hasn't been enough to advocate for Israel. The reality of the situations with Iran and Gaza, the erroneous claims of Apartheid and other such examples of the insane goings on in the world against Israel is maddening. The world sits idly by while Iran arms itself with nuclear weapons, even people like Meir Dagan, the former head of the Mossad, thinks that "we have more time."

Watch this video: Can you imagine what type of mixed message this exudes to the enemies of, not only Israel, but of the United States and our ways of life? Unfortunately, Meir Dagan, who believes he is doing and saying the right things is wrong. He fails to take history into account. Since when have sanctions stopped the undeniably insane from carrying out their missions? Has Hamas stopped their terror campaigns? How about Hezbollah? al-Qaeda? The obvious answer is no. Even in the time that Meir Dagan acted as the spymaster, when his hit squads succeeded, retaliation was quick to come, dropping missles on the south of Israel or sparking violent riots and/or homicides.

In regards to Iran, Israel should not act alone. Not because Israel couldn't handle it, because it is widely believed they could. Israel shouldn't act alone because the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Australia and any other country with interests in not being attacked should act in a unified action. Iran has been responsible, either by themselves, or by proxy, for untold amounts of terrorist activities. They back the Assad regime in Syria, notorious recently for murdering their own citizens to quash "rebellions." They fund Hezbollah, Hamas and many offshoots in and out of Israel.

Iran's main goal is to destabilize and to rebuild this world under a global caliphate. Through the sword, through the "bazaar culture" of negotiating,it doesn't make a difference, until we all claim a fealty to the so-called "Religion of Peace."

How can the world not see the writing on the wall? With President Obama not willing to "get Israel's back," the world has seen the cracks in friendship and relations and has acted with unprecedented vigor to make up for the time that was lost when Presidents Bush, Clinton, Bush and Reagan were in office.

"The episode reached a climax when, after failed attempts to negotiate a release, the United States military attempted a rescue operation, Operation Eagle Claw, on April 24, 1980, which resulted in a failed mission, the deaths of eight American servicemen, one Iranian civilian, and the destruction of two aircraft. It ended with the signing of the Algiers Accords in Algeria on January 19, 1981. The hostages were formally released into United States custody the following day, just minutes after the new American president Ronald Reagan was sworn into office." (Iran Hostage Crisis).

This example of what these mindsets respond to should act as a rule of thumb today. President Carter, who up until recently, is referred to as the worst president in American history, was weak in the defense of the United States and its values. When he was finally voted out of office, the Iranians knew they couldn't get away with any more shenanigans. Fast forward to today. President Obama, often equated to President Carter, is currently dealing with a crisis exponentially bigger than 52 American hostages being held. The world is worried sick and his response is to disrespect Prime Minister Netanyahu, ask for "tougher sanctions" against Iran and wait.

As an oil dependent country, we are at the mercy of Iran and OPEC. What sanctions can really be effective in this case? This is folly, pure and simple.

The only way to fight fire is with fire. By banding together, the United States, the European Union and other entities and countries can eradicate these threats with Israel. If Meir Dagan is right and we have "more time," great, but who wants it? Who wants to let them get closer to their goals of destruction and subjugation? Military action, as well as crippling sanctions, must be imposed. Hamas, Hezbollah, al-Qaeda and the Iranian regimes (not to mention any other terror based regimes such as Syria) must not be able to send homicide bombers, missiles from Gaza into Israel, nor should they be able to reach into Asia or Europe with their bully tactics and senseless crimes.

The longer we let this madness go on, the more the madness multiplies. Claims of Apartheid in Israel are becoming louder and louder. Insanity begets insanity. The only country where a Muslim doesn't have to worry about losing their lives if they decide to be less religious, or where women can drive, or where the Muslims of the lesser branches have freedom to practice their religion, is in Israel. Yet, I do not see a Jew in Saudi Arabia. What happened to the Jews in Iraq? Yemen? Syria? Lebanon? Libya? Surprisingly, Iran has a Jewish community of 25,000, but with many reports over the last few years, many are trying to leave. Who could blame them?

It is really time that the world wake up.