ziontruth April 23, 2013 at 10:22 AM
"I don't really quite understand why Israel does this kind of thing." - Mike L.This is a brilliant comment. It is brief, concise, on-point, true, and no one else is saying it.
Let's just say Zionism's work is only half done.
One half was to get the Jews out of the ghetto. Inasmuch as the Jewish nation now has a state of its own, even if a sizable portion of the nation is in the Diaspora, we can say this mission is accomplished.
The other half is to get the ghetto out of the Jews—the mentality that was necessary in stateless, defenseless life but is now a dead weight, nay, a millstone, hanging over the Jewish nation's neck. This goal has advanced quite a lot among the Israeli Jewish populace, thanks in great part to Arab aggression—give credit where it's due—but has yet to seep up to the levels of the mainstream media and the policymaking leadership.
I don't know when, but it's only a matter of time.
Ziontruth rightly claims that the purpose of Zionism is/was to get the Jew out of the ghetto and the ghetto out of the Jew.
That's a perfect formulation. That is absolutely correct.
I would say that we have done a terrific job of getting the Jew out of the ghetto, but getting the ghetto out of the Jew is an entirely different matter.
There is a deep irony here because just as anti-Jewish racists constantly complain about American Jewish power, American Jewish leadership, with a few notable exceptions, does little more than keep as quiet as little church mice. When the Hagel nomination came up the major Jewish organizations, such as AIPAC, barely even twitched. Morton Klein of the Zionist Organization of America made a stand, but he was almost alone,
I think that we are too reserved and fearful. This is my impression as a person who cares and who has been watching the long Arab war against the Jews for a number of years now. If Israel or the Jewish people had any major influence over the US government don't you think that Washington would have finally recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel by now?
I think so.
The bottom line for me - the thing that matters most - is that people must understand that the Jews of the Middle East are a people under siege. Sure, they're cranking out life-saving technology and medicine and various computer widgets and lawyers and Natalie Portmans, but they do so while surrounded by 400 million Arabs who, for the most part, do not want them there. The Israelis do all the amazing things that the Israelis do even as much of the Arab majority population screams for their blood.
Diaspora Jewry, on the other hand, is weak because we tend to accept the "Palestinian narrative" as the foundation of the conversation. Jews in the diaspora could help turn around the cognitive/propaganda war against the Jews of the Middle East if we would stop using the very terms created by our enemies.